John Drake personally came to our church with a moving story about the people served by the Lingap Center. He left his career behind and put these kids first and changed their lives. After a small donation he sent a personal thank you to my wife and I. We are sent frequent updates and plan to continue to help Lingap in the future.
As donors, we are impressed with the John Drake's and his colleagues' continued commitment to the Filipino children in their school. We appreciate the frequent updates on progress and challenges. The Lingap Childrens;' Foundation website is quite helpful sharing information with us. We value that our entire annual contribution goes directly to the children. We value the children sharing their experiences with us. More recently, I was pleased to learn that John and his board have well thought out leadership contingency plans for the future. We wish the students the very best, with their health and education, going forward. Gary and Pat Kaiser
I have known John Drake for many years, first as a fellow Rotarian in Manila, and later when I learned of his work with the Lingap Children's Foundation. Our close mutual Rotarian friend Mau Blardony visited the Foundation and told me of the amazing work that they are doing for the very poorest of the poor and the abused. I am particularly impressed as all donations are used directly for the children--no administrative expenses to eat up donations. It is hear-rending and beautiful to see and hear of the many children the Foundation has helped to achieve a life with a future, and giving them dignity and self-respect which I strongly feel is so import6ant when helping the less fortunate. From John Melvin Manila
I am a sponsor of 3 children of the Lingap Center's "a place at the table". For years now I have watched John and Judy Drake and their families tirelessly continue to spread the love and dedication to these, abandoned, abused, and forgotten children. It is awe inspiring to me, I don't think I would have the strength to continue to beg, plead and preach in any church, or organization that will have them, to just get enough to cover their cost's for the year. John takes not one penny, but instead gives, and gives and then gives some more. He travels, at his own expense 4 or 5 times a year to personally oversee that all is going as planned. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the Lingap Center, to see that they have food, education, and especially the knowledge that someone, even as far away as the us, care about them. You may ask, but why not here instead of overseas, and I say. They are children of the universe, and we are part of that universe, so we who have much, owe them at least the bare necessities of life.....The Drakes Rock...and just maybe I can slip into heaven on Johns shirt tails.....
MOTHER TERESA......WE ARE NOT ALL MEANT TO DO GREAT THINGS, DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE.....$25.00, TAX DEDUCTABLE A MONTH ASSURES THAT A CHILD WILL EAT FOR A MONTH. 100% GOES DIRECTLY TO THIS MOST WORTHWHILE ORGANIZATION. JOHN AND JUDY ARE NOT SELF SERVING PEOPLE, THEY CONTINUALLY GIVE CREDIT TO THOSE OF US THAT HELP IN ANY SMALL WAY WE CAN.
YOU MAY SAY: "WELL WE HAVE POOR HERE TOO" AND I SAY OUR POOR ARE RICH COMPARED TO WHAT THESE CHILDREN LIVE WITH EVERY DAY. I DON'T ADVOCATE NOT SHARING OUR WEALTH IN OUR OWN COUNTRIES, BUT WE ARE A GREAT COUNTRY AND CAN DO MORE. ALL CHILDREN OF ALL RACES AND COLORS DESERVE TO EAT, PLAY, LOVE, GOOD HEALTH, NOT TO BE ABUSED. THESE CHILDREN IN THIS ORPHANAGE, HAVE BEEN ABUSED IN THE MOST HEINOUS WAYS, STARVED, THROWN ON THE STREETS, FILLED WITH ILLNESS, PARASITES AND HAVE NEVER HAD AN EDUCATION OR HEALTH CARE. I COULD GO ON AND ON SO JUST GO TO THIS WEBSITE: lingapcenter.org, AND CHECK THIS OUT YOURSELF.
GOD BLESS JOHN AND JUDY DRAKE AND ALL THE PAID FREE COMMITTEE MEMBERS,VOLUNTEERS, AND CONTRIBUTORS......
The Lingap Center has brought hope and love to so many children of the Phillipines! The children are cared for, fed, clothed and educated. Some of the children are now attending college and this in a country where previously "street children" were simply ignored and not even treated as people! John Drake, who founded the Lingap Center, is truly inspirational. 100% of our donations go to the children directly; there are no "administrative" percentages taken from the donations!! John Drake visits the Center personally often and invites any donors and volunteers to visit also! The children are also cared for spiritually which is also a very important aspect of the Lingap Center.
My husband and I first heard about the Lingap center from the founder, John Drake, himself when he spoke at our church. We were struck by the love and absolute self-giving of John to these orphans in the Philippines. He is truly a devoted servant of God who felt challenged to make a difference in the lives of these poor children of the Philippines. It is amazing to see what he has accomplished and how many lives of children there have been improved by the Lingap center. We are impressed that 100% of our donations go directly to the children and that John is always available personally to answer our questions about the Center. While we haven't been able to visit the Lingap Center personally yet, we hope to go one day!!
Wbark50: I have personally visited the Lingap Center to see the great work that is happening there and the children whose lives are literally being saved because of Lingap and the people associated with this effort. 100% of all donations go toward the care and education of the clildren. Having visited and worked in the Philippines over the last 20 years I know first hand that the need is much greater than Lingap can provide. But their efforts are makeing the lives of children better one child at a time. I Pray God's continued Blessings.
The Lingap Center is making a huge difference in the lives of so many children. Thank you for all you do! I'm proud to support their efforts and blessed to be able to touch the lives of these beautiful kids.
We know that 100 % of our donations go directly to the Lingap Center and that the Lingap Childrens Foundation works so diligently to get the absolute most for every dollar. It is amazing to hear the stories of just how much has been accomplished. If you haven't gone to the website, I highly recommend it for an incredibly inspirational journey.
I first heard about the Lingap Childrens Foundation through an article in the Detroit Free Press. They are doing wonderful work with the 'street' children they take care of. I enjoy receiving the updates John Drake sends every so often. I also like that all of the donations go to the children and that all costs associated with running the charity are paid for by the board.
We, the flower children of the 60s, were going to change the world. A few of us have. John Drake is one. John lived a comfortable life as a senior executive of a Michigan company. He has a happy married life in a great town with two kids to be proud of. But John had a memory. It was that of his Vietnam era navy service in the Philipines. He saw a lot of poverty and suffering particulalarly among the street children. He never forgot but more importantly he did something about it. This one man in faraway America began, built and continues to support a facility for poor and abused children. It is an amazing act of love for which I am happy to be an ongoing contributor. Joseph and Tisha Gallagher .