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February 2018

Dear Friends

My update letters are usually about the activities and successes of the kids or the staff at the Lingap Center. Today's letter is a little bit different, although it does say a lot about the staff as well as you, our supporters. I am very excited to bring you some exceptionally good news.

On January 11, we were informed that we had been nominated to be recognized as the best NGO (non-government organization) in the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) for Region 7. On January 13, representatives from the DSWD accreditation group from Cebu City came to the Lingap Center for an unannounced visit and what a visit it was! They looked at everything and then some. They went through all of our files and documentation. They checked our SEC Registration, our lengthy manual of operations, our case management records and everything else they could think of including our outreach programs, as well as our independent living and music programs. Following this, they interviewed members of the staff and a large number of the Lingap wards. (Their assessment book is 45 pages in length, so it is very comprehensive). Then it was over; and they left. We didn't know how we did, or if we were in trouble or what.

Finally, on Thursday, February 8, we received a phone call informing us that we had been identified as the BEST NGO in all of Region 7. By way of comparison, Region 7 comprises the islands of Cebu, Negros, Bohol and Siquihor. While not an exact comparison, this would be an area roughly the size of the State of Michigan. There are a total of 192 NGOs that comprise Region 7 and there are 17 regions in the entire country. So, that makes us one of the top 17 in the Philippines.

We were further told that as the best NGO in the region, the DSWD has nominated us for recognition as the BEST NGO in the ENTIRE PHILIPPINES in 2019. I have always told the staff that my goal was to be the best in the country - but I never in my wildest dreams imagined that it might actually come true!

Additionally, Jojin, the Lingap Center Manager, has been named the President of ABSNET (Area Based Standard Network) because of the Lingap Center's leadership role among the other NGOs. ABSNET is a group that assists others with new guidelines, best practices and ways that they can improve their own programs and services.

As I mentioned above, this is a real tribute to the Lingap Center staff who have worked so long and hard to take us from being merely an implausible idea in 2003 to today, being named one of the finest organizations of our kind in the entire country! The Lingap Center is now the standard by which all others are being measured. In other words, we are the ones that the others are trying to emulate. Just think about this for a moment. We have had well over 400 children who have received some level of support from the Lingap Center - so we have touched the lives of many thus far. Now, however, our reach has expanded so that we will be able to influence the lives and provide hope for literally thousands of kids in need. I always tell you that collectively, we have put out our hands and have touched the lives of the kids. Now, thanks to all of you, we have been able to build one of the best organizations in the country. It is our collective values and direction that will provide hope and help build the lives of countless of children for years to come. In my mind, this is as good as it gets!

Of course, the national selection process next year will require another thorough assessment, so the staff has already begun to get things in place so we will be ready. This is in addition to building a new annex building, which is currently underway. (I will write more about the annex building in my next update letter). Suffice it to say, that the Center is a very busy but effective place these days.

It was Roy T. Bennett, who in The Light in the Heart said:

"If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself,
you can achieve what you never thought possible."

Again, I want to thank all of you for your support as Place at the Table sponsors, donors, members of the Board of Directors or for just keeping the Lingap kids and staff in your prayers. But most of all, I want to thank you for believing in us, thereby making it possible for us to achieve what we never thought possible. None of what we have accomplished thus far would have been possible without you. This recognition is a very big tribute to you. Keep in mind that 100% of all your donations went directly to the benefit of the kids. Thank you all so much.



John Drake
The Lingap Center Staff

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