My wife and I have been supporting the Lingap center for years, almost from its inception, mostly due to the direct, positive influence this foundation has on some of the most deserving children on the planet. Two of our favorite attributes are:
1) Every dime we (you!) contribute goes directly to the children in need. The administrative overhead is all handled either by John Drake personally or others he has enlisted to ensure the integrity of the fund. and:
2) the passion of John, his family, the board, and the entire staff who have made this possible.
It is quite miraculous how it all came together, and without that sort of drive and truly amazing conviction for protecting kids, the great work of Lingap would not be possible.
Just take a look at the success achieved by some of these kids who came from nothing, no chance in life, to being successful contributors to society, and you will be impressed as well.
I can't say enough good things about this charity. We have been honored to be a small part of rescuing kids and giving them a chance at life. It really is an amazing story. There's no smoke and mirrors here. Just real success stories for some kids who would otherwise not even survive. Please check it out and see for yourself.
I corresponded with John Drake last night on the internet, and asked him why he couldn't just take a break from his tireless work for the Lingap Center, and his answer amazed me. He said "Keep in mind that I really do love what I do….." That was all I needed to hear to know that this has to be the best charity in the world. John is so committed and every dime goes to some of the most needy kids in the world.
Please consider supporting this very worthwhile charity.
John and his wife spent a weekend in Sugar Land in May 2017 to present a mission appeal at St Laurence Catholic Church. Even though I've been to the Lingap Center in Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines, watched the videos on the web site countless times and heard John speak before, I am still so moved by what the Lingap Center has accomplished. The outpouring of positive emotion during his presentation was overwhelming. But it's only because of the real message of hope, happiness, opportunities and success that John witnesses. My wife and I will continue to be financial supporters and strong advocates of the Lingap Childrens Foundation.
I was blessed enough to visit the Lingap Center for a week in late May/early June and the experience exceeded my expectations. John Drake spoke at our church 3 years ago and my wife and I have been Place at the Table contributors since then. We were so impressed with the approach to operating the Center, but most of all, the success that the Center has had with children who really had no hope at all. Seeing the squatter villages where several of the children used to live and the Center itself first hand gave me a great appreciation for the truly miraculous efforts of the Lingap manager and staff and the far reaching impact that the Lingap Center has on the surrounding community, especially the schools and a few of the children's families that the Lingap staff provided a small bag of food to, gave me a great appreciation for what is being accomplished. As John likes to quote, "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God." In this instance though, while I saw many things in the squatter villages that must break the heart of God, what I was most touched by is that my heart is rejoicing at the Lingap Center and it's kids for God's heart must also be rejoicing. We will continue to be strong supporters of the Lingap Childrens Foundation and have already started encouraging others to join us.
This is a fabulous non profit and have been donating to them for years! The work they do to save children's lives is incredible!
I've been a donor for "Place At The Table" for several years now. It is my absolute favorite charity. What Mr. Drake has accomplished is totally unbelievable. He's changed the lives of so very many people. Please go to their website, read their story and donate as best as you are able......and don't forget to remember the Lingap Children's Foundation in your prayers.
I can't let 2016 go by without encouraging everyone to vote for the Lingap Childrens Foundation. They have not only rescued these children from the street, but have educated them; hence, their lives will be forever changed. Please go to their website and read of this incredible endeavor. More importantly please consider their "Place At the Table" program. For a mere $300 a year they are able to house, feed and educate a child. This is truly a wonderful program.
I've been donating to and following Lingap since it's inception. It very simply does excellent work, God's work.
I've been associated with LinGap a long time. It is THE MOST OUTSTANDING organization of it's kind.
We've been supporters since Lingaps inception. What they have managed to accomplish for the children is unparalleled. When you meet their graduates, they are truly impressive. This is truly work done with love.
True loving help for the most vulnerable in the Philippines. No child should have to grow up on the streets forgotten and The Lingap Center gives them a loving home. I've donated on a monthly basis since learning of them 4 years ago and am constantly warmed. Y the work they do.
I've been donating to the Center since 2006 and have been to the Center 5 times. It has been the best experience of my life. John took us to visit the schools and homes the children came from. He has saved these children from deplorable conditions and given them a great chance at a new life. The Center and staff are the best. The children love having us there and we love showering with our love. I'm planning on going again this year, and can't wait to see them all
again. Please keep donating to this great Charity.
Hi this is Dave in Tucson Arizona. I am extremely blessed to be married to an alumni of Lingap Children's Foundation. I met Aileen Bantolinao when she was completing an internship as part of her college degree from University of San Carlos. Aileen was working at the Marriott Hotel in Cebu and I was very impressed with her demeanor and personality and realized very quickly that there was something very special that set her apart from the other employees. After her internship was completed we started dating and I took the time to find out that she was raised from age 8 at the Lingap Children's Center and was now completing her college degree in Tourism Management. This climate of success was created by the Lingap Children's Center under the guidance of John Drake. It is an age old axiom that the values a child learns at an early age are what sets their life time agenda. In Aileen's case it is obvious that the values instilled by her Mother before her passing and the real world, work ethic and personal traits of human respect and pride in self and accomplishment from the Lingap Center are the heart of what sets her apart and makes her a joy to be around. She is appreciated by all who know her. Aileen enjoys life and is obviously, very appreciative of her opportunities and takes every opportunity to help others in subtle ways.. always giving a "hand up" and not a hand out. From the beginning of our relationship and constantly reinforced, is my understanding of just how irreplaceable the upbringing at Lingap is to Aileen and hundreds of other young people who would NEVER have the opportunity to achieve without the Lingap Children's Center. I am very proud to start our continuing donations to Lingap tonight and will continue to do so in the years to come.
After hearing John Drake speak, our family was immediately touched by this charity and the children's situations. After hearing more about the Lingap Center we decided to help with donations, and we are very glad that we have. This charity is a not only saving children from the poor streets of the Philippines, but staging them for a successful life by not only looking after their needs to be feed and clothed, but the Lingap center is amazingly focused on their educational and mental well being of all the children. The team there has also been apart of so many miracles it would be to hard to list them all. If anyone would like to read more about John Drake and the wonderful miracles, he offers his story in a free ebook: http://www.lingapcenter.org/pdf/GodsCall.pdf . This is a real life story of the Lingap Center and the children. It is a story that will touch your heart to what a true miracle that the Lingap Center is.
John Drake spoke at a mission in my parish several years ago and was inspirational. I made a one-time donation but decided two years ago to donate monthly. I know the foundation is saving and improving the lives of many children and am happy that all of my donation goes directly to support the children. I have talked with John personally and his letters are very informative.
What a beautiful project - helping children who would otherwise be hopeless in a hostile environment for little children. Best of all, 100% of donations go directly to the benefit of these little children.
If I only could choose one charity organization to contribute to, The Lingap Center would be it! What this group does is truly a miracle. The Lingap Center is an amazing agent of change in the Philippines! The best part ... 100% of your donation goes directly to the children.
I came across the Lingap Center more than four years ago when I was looking for a good organization to volunteer for. Over time, I have gotten to know John Drake and his story; it is truly inspirational.
I am Filipino, but was born in Canada in the early seventies. I used to watch the Care International commercials that would run on TV as a young child. I told myself that when I am able that I wanted to give to children in poverty.
I decided to volunteer for the Lingap Center because of John Drake, his principles, and wise use of the money donated. Today, I am now at a point financially that I can become a "Place at the Table" monthly sponsor. So glad I am finally able to do this.
It truly is a little girl's dream come true.
Through a mutual friend from Michigan, I learned of John Drake and the Lingap Foundation last year. I was moved by what I learned from my friends and John himself that I joined immediately as a sponsor. My granddaughter read a Lingap flyer on my desk and pledged her Confirmation Mitzbah to Lingap. She, too was touched by the Lingap narrative. Three weeks ago, I visited Lingap with my grandson and son along with my sister. Like those who have reported on their visit to the center, we were moved and overwhelmed. My sister and I were born and raised in the Philippines and have settled in the US. We have been exposed to poverty and its consequences especially to innocent children. To see these children beaming with joy, contentment, appreciation and happiness at meeting us, total strangers, was too much to take in the instant we were in the courtyard. The children came up and hugged each of us and brought us indoors. From this chaos of welcoming gleeful souls, a little boy of 3 or 4 years of age, clung to my leg and would not let go until I picked him up. He wrapped his little arms around my neck and cuddled his little head on my shoulder. All the others seemed like they wanted to do the same. I could not tell whether he claimed me, or, I claimed him. But, we were one for a long time... ! A counselor then whispered to me that they had just taken him in a couple of weeks back. His parents are both in jail. He was a severely abused child ! Now, all he knew was to seek love and give love !
What I saw in the eyes of all of these souls, and felt in each of their embraces, is the one singularly most important gift Mr. John Drake gave them. And that is the gift of HOPE ! For the first time in their lives these once abandoned, abused and neglected children have hope ! Hope that they will see the dawn of another day. An even better day, full of promise and a limitless horizon that has been gifted to them by John and Lingap.
There is no doubt in my mind about this ! The Alumni/Alumnae of this magnificent program are proof of this magnificent work. Lingap needs our support. They need funds and not goods. Well meaning folks have donated instruments, books, equipment that often lie dormant and preserved in closets. These are of no immediate use to the children and the center. What they need are funds, dollars, recurring donations that can be relied upon to enable reliable long term budgeting and planning. I have upped my sponsorship and have encouraged friends and relations to support this tremendous undertaking. I will also include Lingap in my will.
It is the very least I can do. I can no longer travel back to the Philippines readily. I am 76 and aging each day.
My visit to Lingap will bolster my spirits through my remaining years. Those children need our love and dedication. God bless you, Mr. John Drake ! God has a special place for folks like you !
Fidel Exconde MD
I just returned from a trip with John and Judy Drake to visit the Lingap Center. I was amazed at how clean and well kept the facility was. The staff, serving the children, were compassionate and caring. The educational opportunities available to the kids were miraculous. Most importantly, the children were loving, happy and thankful. They understood the significance of God's love, shown to them by the miracle of strangers, who without knowing them, offer them the opportunity of hope and a future. Please realize that due to the generosity of many and great sacrifice by a few, 100% of donations benefit the children directly.
Lingap is a great organization founded and headed by John Drake. He gives of himself --his time, energy, and money to make this organization possible. All donations go to help the kids -- none is used for administration costs. His organization has made a difference in the lives of children that otherwise would be street children. I highly recommend this organization. When you follow Lingap on their website, you can see what your money is doing. We support this cause and hope you will also.
We have known John Drake long before he founded Lingap Childrens Foundation. Having been in the Philippines on business for the company he worked for before his retirement, God laid it on his heart to do something for the children there. He has given his time, talent, and money to establish this foundation and continues to direct it making many trips each year to Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines. The children love him and he loves them. He updates us on the children just as if they were his own flesh and blood. He has made a difference and continues to make a difference in the lives of children. We are blessed to know John Drake and to support his work with the Lingap Foundation. Don & Eva Richardson
I first heard of Lingap when John Drake spoke at my parish. This is a life giving foundation that does miraculous work. The children benefit 100% from all donations. I have a few special groups that I cherish and try to help when I can, Lingap is #1. All donations are appreciated.
Thank you, John, and God bless you and everyone associated with Lingap.
My family has supported this group for several years. They do a fantastic job of supporting those children that wouldn't otherwise have a chance in life. They teach them basic life skills as well as ready them for college. They support their college students with internships in the U.S. to help them be successful in their chosen careers.
The Lingap Children's Center isamazing! I first heard about them through my church in Marietta, Georgia. We have taken this foundation on as a church-wide mission and have many members who contribute regularly. The administrators pay all expenses out of their own pocket so 100 percent of donations go directly to the children who live there or to support the other programs they have in the community I have been a done for the past two years and have seen some amazing success stories come from children who live there. These children were abused and severely neglected. The Lingap Center educates them, houses them, and teaches them life skills. They recently celebrated their first college graduate!
Wonderful organization - wonderful cause. I know every penny I donate goes to those kids!