Child United

Child United
Child United
Orange square with radial corners, with the centered text CHILD UNITED appearing in white uppercase letters.
Formation May 1, 2007 (2007-05-01) (4 years ago)
Type Charity/Nonprofit organization
Legal status 501(c)3
Purpose/focus Humanitarian, Education
Headquarters Seattle
Founder Christine Umayam
Main organ Board of Directors
Website Child United

Child United is an international relief organization with a focus on education. The volunteer-led humanitarian group also provides disaster relief assistance to countries in desperate need. Their main mission is to empower the poorest children in the developing world, believing that educating a child will lead them, their family and eventually their community out of poverty.


History and organization

Child United began in Seattle on May 1, 2007. While on a family vacation to the Philippines in 2006, Seattle resident Christine Umayam was struck by the poverty she witnessed. After another trip the following year, she quit her corporate job and founded the organization.[1]

In 2009, the organization expanded its focus after Typhoon Ketsana struck Asia. "When we found out that there was so much devastation in the Philippines," said Umayam, "we just had to change our focus and put it out there for relief."[2] The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation selected Child United's founder as one of 10 national finalists in 2011 for the Citizen Before Self Award in the category of Americans who have made a difference in the lives of others through continued commitment to putting others before themselves. Although it did not award Umayam a medal, the Foundation said that she "has helped thousands of the poorest children, who are susceptible to sex trafficking and child labor, by sponsoring children who want to learn, building learning centers and sending educational supplies abroad." [3]

Disaster relief services

Child United both funds and provides direct disaster relief services to developing countries, since Typhoon Ketsana.

The group went on standby to provide disaster relief to families left homeless by Typhoon Megi (2010) before it made landfall in the Philippines. Their relief operation began October 18 in the Philippines, with supplies already in-country being prepared for immediate delivery to the disaster site, and additional supplies prepared for shipment from the United States.[4] They received donations of towels, sheets, toiletries (shampoos, toothpaste, etc.) and canned goods.[5]

The group raised funds for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, hosting a benefit and sending the funds to Haiti for disaster relief.[6]

Education services

Child United funds and/or operates several programs to promote education in third world countries.[7] The organization partners with schools and orphanages in Asia, sending supplies and clothing to support the educational and physical needs of poor children,[8] arranges sponsorship of children in Asia, and funds the building of learning centers overseas.[7]


  1. ^ "Child United: Who We Are". Child United. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Local Relief Grows For Devastated Areas After Philippines Hit By Another Typhoon". KCPQ 13 Fox. Tribune Broadcasting. October 4, 2009.,0,1470468.story. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Recipients & Finalists". Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Disaster Relief Operations". Child United. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Local Non-Profit On Standby For Disaster Relief As 'Super' Typhoon Hits SE Asia". Tribune Broadcasting. October 18, 2010.,0,6111085.story. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Benefit in Renton Saturday at Harambee to aid Haitian quake victims". Renton Reporter. Sound Publishing. January 15, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Child United: What We Do". Child United. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Larin, Lindsay (July 6, 2009). "Bellevue resident uses vacation to give back". Bellevue Reporter. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 

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