Three years ago, our daughter Morgan, who at the time was 11 years old, had the opportunity to meet John Drake and learn about the wonderful things that the Lingap Foundation was doing for children in the Philippines. Without hesitation, my daughter decided she wanted to help and began donating. This organization is one of best foundations in our country. It truly commits 100% of the proceeds to be used towards the good of the children. We have great pride and respect for John Drake and his volunteers and know that without their committment and support, these children would have had a very different outcome in life. Thank you John Drake for making a HUGE difference in the life of so many children. Your organization is AMAZING.
My wife met John 8 years ago and heard his story about working professionally in the Phillipines and seeing children living in the street with no one to care for them. Unlike most of us, John didn't turn his back on these kids - he did something about the situation. We are proud to have supported Lingap these past 8 years - in increasing amounts - because we have seen the difference that Lingap has made in the lives of these innocent children. The fact that John and the Board pay all of the overhead expense of the foundation is also a testament to the quality of this charity. If there were more John Drakes in the world, there would be a lot less suffering.
John Drake is truly following the call of the Lord, He has affected more lives than he will ever know either through direct help to the neglected children or by his example of humility and dedication. His wife, Judy, is also very involved in this project.
When I learned about John Drake and the Lingap Center, I immediately thought of Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote: "Be the Change you want to see." I know he is living his faith, but his efforts say more than "I am a Catholic" or "I am a Christian" (or name another of the world's major denominations). John is a humanist and a world changer, and by his efforts and example he is changing lives in Toledo City, that country, and here in the U.S. Everyone of us that contemplates what he does at Lingap and in that community have the opportunity to measure ourselves and be motivated to take another step toward being better and more caring people. Let us support the Lingap Center, but let us all redouble our efforts to improve our world and care for those who have less.
Lingap is dedicated to helping the forgotten and vulnerable children of the Philippine society. While providing physical assistance, they also give the greater gift of hope and a path to success. It warms my heart when I read the success stories.
I met John many years ago at Concumers Power and saw the way he treated people and how he approached his work. I can say he looks after the less fortunate and accepted the challenge he felt was necessary for his kids.Thanks John..is a pro
My wife and I have personally visited the Lingap Center in Toledo City, Cebu and seen the direct result of the donations and efforts of staff to rescue these children. One will never understand true poverty until you see the eyes of children who were once abandoned like trash but now have hope and love surrounding them. Conditions in the Philippines are beyond description, and Lingap Center is one of the few bright rays of hope in this community. Every child in this program is involved in education; one of the tenets of this charity is that education provides a pathway out of poverty. 100% of every dollar donated goes direct to the care and support of the children, and even small donations make a huge difference there. I do not give to many charities because I'm unsure where the money ends up, but with Lingap I know from my own eyes and spending 48 hours with the children that this is a cause worth supporting.
Of the charitable organizations to which I contribute LINGAP is at the top of the list. John Drake took what was less than a run down place and made a living center for children the like of which is hard to compare. The outreach programs spun off from this touch the lives of hundreds more with a message of love and caring in the spirit of the Gospel. It was a wonderful day when I came to know Lingap.
The LINGAP CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION is GIFT to ALL OF US. Through this Foundation led by John Drake: The LESS FORTUNATE children are given the opportunity to feel the LOVE that was snatched and stolen from them. Children are being cared wholistically - PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. The FORTUNATE - the children once that were blessed for having been LOVED are given the opportunity to SHARE their BLESSINGS through their talents, time and financial support. The MOST FORTUNATE like John Drake and his family and the STAFF of LINGAP who GAVE THEMSELVES for the service of the LESS FORTUNATE CHILDREN. Thank you for sharing the opportunity to be a part of this MEANINGFUL JOURNEY.
John and Judy Drake have established an organization which sets the gold standard for charitable giving with the Lingap Center. When ever have you been able to donate money towards the benefit of children (shelter, food, education, clothing and most important safety) knowing that 100% of your contribution goes directly to the needy? Kudos and blessings to this group. Our world is a little kinder today because of your efforts. Bravo!
The Lingap Childrens Foundation is located in an area of severe poverty, it is more than an orphanage to 100 abandoned 'throw away' kids and street beggars. The children have nothing. These children are totally dependent. We are their one source for daily existence. The Lingap Center is vital and dynamic to the children and people in the surrounding area. John Drake arranged for water to the orphanage and made it available to the village. John is educating the Lingap kids and initiated a Community Education Out Reach to the community children, John created a nuturing, safe and secure facility and initiated a 'Place at the Table' for the community. The Lingap Center is a true Beacon of Hope to the entire community. The Lingap Orphanage is so much more than John Drake. He has created a dynamic children's foundation with Board of Directors and a management team, AND all organizational costs are gratis; free and clear of the Lingap Center, with 100% of your donation going directly to food and clothing and education of children.
I have known John and Judy Drake for many years, being members of Queen of the Miraculous Medal Church. I know them both to be honest, humble, loving Christians who truly care about the children in Lingap Center. They consider it an privilege and honor to serve the poorest, most neglected in Toledo City, in the Philippines. All donations to Lingap go directly to serve the children. I can only imagine how much money the Drakes have spent from their own pockets on their many trips to the Center alone. There are so many reasons I can think of to support their efforts but the biggest one I can think of is knowing that there is NO overhead, all donations go to the Lingap Center. John takes the time (and expense) to send out newsletters to contributors to keep us updated on the strides being made so we can see where our money is being used. I feel the love exuding from these newsletters and consider myself to be, not only a supporter of Lingap, but a member of the Lingap family.
Helping the unwanted and homeless children with Love, Support and Schooling. All the donations go directly to the children.
The is a special organization that provides both shelter, food, schooling to many children in Cebu. The results have been amazing, children are off the streets, back in school, attending church and are receiving loving care.
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I had the pleasure of hearing John Drake speak at my church on several occasions. He impressed with his sincerity and deep love for the children in the Philippines. I recently signed up online to become a donor and within 30 minutes John Drake called me personally to thank me.
My husband and i learned of The Lingap Center about 4 years ago when my husband was in the American Chamber of Cebu, Philippines. Mr. Drake came and told the story of The Lingap Center and how it came about. We decided to visit the center and see the work that was being done for the children. We were so impressed with the center and how adjusted and happy the children were. You could see that something special was happining in The Lingap Center. Preston and I have made it a point to visit with the children and staff two to three time a year. We enjoy the children sharing what they have been doing since our last visit. They enjoy singing for us, showing us their flower and vegatable garden and sharing what they are doing in school. For most of these children their life story will have a very happy ending I would hate to think what that life story would be like without The Lingap Center.
The Lingap Foundation is an amazing organization! Our Rotary Club supports the foundation every year. The founder, John Drake, is a member of our Rotary Club in Jackson Michigan. He is a great champion of the children in the orphanage. You can tell he loves those children!!!
The Lingap Center is an exceptional organization. As a donor I am able to see the direct impact received by the kids and their community. I have been a supporter for many years now and have seen the progress made at the Center. It is encouraging to know my donations are making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. The real "hands on" benefit comes from meeting some of the kids that have been helped by the Lingap Center. It is refreshing to see these kids that not only have daily meals and education but also hope for their future.
The Lingap Childrens Foundation in the Philippines is not an orphanage, but a center that attempts to take children off of the streets and provide them with a stable and caring environment. They are educated, fed, and provided care. The Lingap staff, led by John Drake, works diligently to ensure that these children succeed on not just an educational level (I believe that they now have 16 students in college and 2 graduates.), but on a life skills level which enables them to prosper in the world. In addition, the foundation performs outreach into the shanty villages offering assistance with both food, faith, and daily tutoring to other street children. Having met both Mr. Drake and members of his board of directors, I am confident that no money donated to this charity is wasted. I highly recommend this nonprofit as a shining example of the triumph of one man's vision.
The story of the Lingap Center and the kids it supports is simply amazing. John Drake and his team have done an incredible job developing the facility and programs that so wonderfully care for the needs of under-priviliged Kids. It is truly a story of perservance and dedication that can not help but warm the hearts of all of all who hear it. Children destined to a life of poverty, or worse, are now given hope for a better future. May God Bless everyone involved in anyway with the Lingap Center and its work.
John Drake is an example of what an incredible impact one person can have when he gets it in his head to do something to help AND DOES IT. I have watched the Foundation grow from a little sheltering place to a large sheltering place as well as a school, community outreach, higher ed opps, etc. John and his foundation take not one penny of our contributions--it all goes to the kids. Just visit the website to see for yourself that miracles can and do happen. I encourage you to open your hearts and your pocketbooks!