The Child United story
A family trip started it all
It was a family trip to the Philippines that started it all.
In 2007, Christine Umayam traveled with her family for a hard-earned vacation. She expected a beach vacation and a chance to be with the family she hadn't seen in years. But it didn't turn out as expected.
It turned into a life-changing mission to help children.
What she saw as she stepped off the airplane devastated her. She couldn't forget the images of begging children alongside the road. From the little girl in a dirty pink dress to the half-naked boy with his hand held out. They were begging for someone to pay attention.
And she paid attention.
This trip completely changed the way Christine viewed the world. She knew she needed to make a difference in the lives of children living in extreme poverty and devastation. That's how Child United was formed.
Since then, Child United and its team of volunteers has helped empower children in seven countries around the world. Through educational assistance, community development, and disaster relief, Child United's grassroots efforts helped 25k+ people living in deplorable conditions.
The US Congressional Medal of Honor Society recognized Child United Founder Christine Umayam for her work with children in 2011.
The organization nominated her for the 'Citizen Before Self Honor' award, a program that honors citizens who either demonstrated acts of bravery to save a life or lives or those who have demonstrated extraordinary service to others for an extended time.
Christine was one of 10 people nominated in 2011 and the only Filipino-American woman to ever been nominated.
US Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Top Honors and Awards
Aside from the US Congressional Medal of Honor Society's recognition, Child United received several honors from organizations within the Seattle community.
Top Contributor to the Asian Community by NW Asian Weekly 2010
Excellence in Youth Leadership by the Pinoy Reporter 2011
Women's Leadership Award by the Women in Small Business 2010
Child United was also recognized by several state Congressional leaders including Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna in 2011.
Top Contributor to the Asian Community
NW Asian Weekly, 2010
Excellence in Youth Leadership by the Pinoy Reporter, 2011
Women's Leadership Award by Women in Small Business, 2010
Letter of recognition by WA State Attorney General in 2011.