who we are
One Dream Foundation
Philanthropy, Charity, Voluntarism Promotion, General | EIN: 45-1332992 | Lake St Louis MO
One Dream Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2016, and donations are tax-deductible.
Every human is worth the same at One Dream Foundation
The mission of One Dream Foundation has remained the same since its founding in March 2007 by Betty Phiri Chibwe and Oliver Chibwe.: to “promote the value of giving to humanity”. This approach is intended to produce such breakthrough work and giving in health, poverty, education, social and access to technology in developing countries globally.
Who We Are
Betty & Oliver Chibwe were born and raised in Zambia, Africa. We were both privileged to get great higher education; Oliver majored in Information Technology, CEO/Founder of Krysto Drym Inc, and Betty majored in Social Science, CEO/Founder of VuVu Stone Collection.
Why One Dream Foundation
Growing up with single parents was not easy. Despite us having great higher education, our parents were poor and struggled to provide for our basic needs including school products. For example, when my father passed away, mother and I together with my siblings moved from the city to the village where the closest elementary school was about 16 miles away. One day, in my first grade, I was walking back from school with friends and we decided to stop by the river to cool off. On our way to the village that evening, I realized I had lost my pencil. I was so afraid to face my mother because I knew how much she would whip me. It was such a relief when the next morning on my way to school I found that pencil by the riverbank.
When we moved to the United States of America, I noticed that the Dollar stores here sold 20 pencils for One dollar. This was very exciting to me. With our minimal income, we decided to begin buying pencils and sending those to rural schools in Zambia. As time went by and our income improved, we started adding pens, books, toothbrushes & toothpaste, underwear, socks and used clothes plus more.
As the boxes became bigger and shipping became expensive, we started talking on how we could maximize our efforts. We agreed we could build a school – Oliver said not just a school but a medical hospital, a tropical disease research center and an Ivy League University in Zambia, Africa.
So many friends and family have died along the way and one that stands out the most is when my young sister carried her sick baby on her back to take her to the nearest health center, which was over 20 miles away. The baby had diarrhea and by the time she reached the clinic, the baby had died on her back already and she was not even aware. I met Dr. Mathew German, a medical doctor (friends of ours) just about the time I received the bad funeral news. I shared that with him and he suggested we start sending medical help to clinics in Zambia, Africa. We decided we could add the hospital to our “building the Ivy League University” project. Not just a hospital but a research medical center, considering people are still dying from so many curable diseases i.e. malaria.