I heard God's Call, but how will I answer? is the autobiographical story of John Drake and The Lingap Center.
During his carrer as an American businessman, John found himself on an international
assignment in the Philippines. His story is one of heart wrenching encounters with
poverty and fate-filled introductions to those fighting it, culminating in the construction
of "The Lingap Center".
This home for neglected, abused, abandoned, and forgotten children has been called
"The best of its kind in all of the Philippines". It strikes at the root of poverty
by not only providing food and shelter for the children living there, but by providing
lifesaving health care, quality education, community outreach and family involvement
to ensure that not only are lives saved, but that futures are bright.
As you know, the Lingap Center is home to some of the least fortunate children in the world. Without
the Center, they have little hope for any sort of future. In an effort to change this dynamic, education
continues to be one of the key foundations of the Lingap project. It is their pathway out of the poverty
in which they find themselves. In past update letters, I have written much about our college students
(this year, we have 16 in college) In March, we celebrated our third graduate. Two more will graduate
this coming March (their school year runs from June to March).
Huffington Post: Top Local International Children's Nonprofit Of The Month
The Lingap Children's foundation was voted The Huffington Post's "Top Local International Children's Nonprofit Of The Month" for December 2012 by its readers. Thank you to all the Lingap Center supporters who voted!
Beginning in 2008, a street educator from the Lingap Center begain to go to the city park each day. There she teaches those children who are unable to attend school for a variety of reasons, reading, basic arithmetic and hygiene. The program has grown to include an average of 85 children each day ... We provide them with a lunch, which is often their only meal of the day....
The Lingap Center is recognized by the President of the Philippines
On January 6, 2006, John was named an "Adopted Son of Toledo City" by the Toledo City Council and Mayor Arlene Zambo. Later, he was named one of the "Outstanding Toledano's" for 2006 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo!
Former CMS Energy Vice President John Drake has always been an early riser. But on one particular morning, he could not sleep and headed to work earlier than normal. Thoughts of how he was going to organize and run an orphanage thousands of miles away....
Alumni spotlight: John Drake, '74, and "his Kids"
giving Filipino orphans a Better life
Hillsdale native John Drake, '74, recently retired from a 32-year career as senior vice president
of human resources and administrative services at Cms Energy Corporation/Consumers Energy Company
in nearby Jackson to focus on...
A GreatNonProfits 2015 Top-Rated Non-Profit Organization
Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we got from all of you, 2015 is the fourth year in a row that The Lingap Children's Foundation has received recognition from GreatNonprofits as a Top-Rated NonProfit organization!
We are very excited to announce that on May 18, CNN ran a major feature story on the Lingap Center on their international online news service.
It can be found by clicking on the link below. This is really great news for us!! Please take a look!
It was common for children to be sprawled out on the sidewalk sound asleep.
The locals would simply step right over them as if they weren't even there.
I was deeply troubled each time I saw a child living like this, but it was everywhere...
On the third Saturday of each month, a children's mass is held, followed by a soup kitchen ... During regular months, attendance numbers range from 200 - 600. However January tends to be the most heavily attended month. In January of 2009, over 800 children attended. In January of 2010, over 1200 attended and in January of 2011, over 5000 were present. 7000 meals were provided on that day!