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Meet our team.

Shylock Sipho Mafu

Executive Director/Board Chair

Dominic Kirui

Financial Officer/Board of Directors

Shakeman Nkonjeni

Project Manager - Summerset Project/Chair

Darlington M. Mathayi

Project Coordinator - Summerset Project

Stanley Sabanda

Secretary - Board of Directors

What is the Oasis International Care Initiative?

Thank you for visiting and thank you for your time. Oasis International Care Initiative was founded in July 2021 as a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization (EIN 87-2074060), incorporated through the State of Georgia, for the purpose of providing health care facilities to underprivileged, poor, and vulnerable members of remote rural communities across the world.

This will improve healthcare delivery in particular in sub-Saharan Africa, where some people have never seen a health care provider or been to a healthcare facility in their lives. 

The goal of Oasis International Care Initiative is to provide basic primary care services that will improve people’s lives by making it possible for them to visit a local primary care facility within their communities. The current prevailing conditions in most remote rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa are unattainable, with children dying from curable and preventable diseases like malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea, while adults are dying from complications of chronic but curable and manageable conditions like hypertension, diabetes, malaria, and tuberculosis. 

Through your support, this situation can be changed. Oasis International Care Initiative intends to build clinics in these rural communities that are affordable and easy to access. Help us change this situation. Help us improve the lives of these underprivileged members of remote rural village communities. 

Help us build ONE clinic for every 15,000 people at a time. Kindly consider donating to this cause, and thank you for your support.

Selina Maganga Dlodlo-Mafu

Selina Maganga Dlodlo-Mafu
(1925-2019)

Born in 1925, Selina was one of 6 children, 3 girls and 3 boys, born to Nunugwe Dlodlo and Mloyiswa Matshazi of Ngome, Shabhani (now Zvishavane), Zimbabwe. Her parents were both born in the 1800s and her father was a decorated warrior of the 1893-1894 Anglo-Matabele war and the subsequent Uprisings (Umvukela) of 1896. 

Selina had little formal education, just enough to write her name and read her bible in her native Zulu. She grew up in the villages, a country girl of the then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. In 1948, she married Mtiywa Mafu, a young man who was a seasonal migrant worker in Johannesburg, South Africa. They had 10 children, 8 boys and 2 girls born over 19 years. 

Because of the remoteness of the village she lived in, all but her last born child were born at home in the village, with no attending doctor or nurse, but just an untrained village midwife. In a very rare and unusual occurrence, Selina had her seventh child born prematurely in the village. With no help from trained medical staff, she took care of him and to this day, he is an amazing man of 59 years old with his own family. In her later years, when asked how she did it, she would calmly reply, “What was I going to do, those were the days”. If she had chosen to go to deliver at the nearest hospital, a clinic by then, 70 kilometers away, she would have struggled to get to it, in a remote rural countryside with lions, hyenas and even elephants teaming up from everywhere. 

Selina and her husband would later raise all their children until adulthood without ever visiting a hospital save for the village tin-room clinic built in 1962. She was a hard working woman who worked tirelessly to feed, cloth and raise her children. Selina was a very active member of the community. Together with other women in 1973, they started a women’s club which was meant to raise awareness of women’s issues at village, ward and district level, and also advocated for women representation in decision making bodies, particularly those decisions that affected women in the villages. 

This activism grew much stronger in the mid to late seventies as the country marched towards independence from the British. She spearheaded the organization of women in the villages to form village branches to support the liberation effort. At independence in 1980 she was elected to the provincial assembly representing the women of Summerset Ward. 

On the few times Selina took each one of her 10 children to the clinic, she envisioned and dreamt of a day she would walk, ride or even drive a short distance to reach a health center with more services to offer. Unfortunately, Selina never lived to see that day come true. She died in 2019 from a stroke that had left her paralyzed and bedridden for 6 months. 

She left us with a challenge to see to it that a better community health care center be built. A community clinic that would serve hundreds of people and cut short the distances they travel to seek help. We therefore want to honor her memory by realizing her dream and vision.