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A Pull at the Heart
Kathy Ozzard Chism ’77 Pours Self Into Nonprofit, Makes Dreams Come True
Nearly seven years ago a stranger’s email, sent from halfway around the world, generated what Kathy Ozzard Chism ’77 calls a “heartpull.” “It’s a word I created for when you instantly know something is good, because your heart is pulling you so strongly toward a certain place or person,” she explained.
This intuition – this hunch of potential goodness – led Chism and a small team of colleagues to forever change the lives of 150 Ugandan schoolchildren, many of them orphans or children of the imprisoned.
Working within Dream One World, Inc. (DOW), the all-volunteer nonprofit organization she founded in January 2005, Chism built not only a school, but an educational campus a half an hour outside of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. In addition to education, DOW has provided clean water, healthy food, electricity and hope to a forgotten area in the capital’s shadow.
“I have no children of my own,” Chism said, “so the kids I am helping in Uganda are my children.” It’s an accurate description given all the resources she’s procured and time she’s devoted to the school project. It also makes the following truth all the more astounding: Chism has never visited Uganda.