Angola’s history, what inspired our work and how many patients we have served since we opened our doors.
THREE DECADES OF CIVIL WAR DESTROYED ANGOLA’S MOST VITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Healthcare infrastructure destroyed Healthcare provider shortage
Education – limited and lacking
Agriculture – knowledge of farming lost
The impact of the shortage, lack and loss on Angola’s economy
CAPUIA FOUNDATION CELEBRATION
SAVE THE DATE
February 11, 2016
The Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave,
Portland, Oregon 97205
1pm – 2:30pm
Who We Are
The Capuia Foundation, a 501c(3), was established in 2015 to improve the economic conditions in Angola, Africa by improving access to quality healthcare, education and agriculture.
Angola, Africa was colonized by Portugal until it gained its independence in 1975. Shortly after gaining independence, civil war ensued, lasting over three decades. In 2002, when the civil war ended, and the dust had settled – the collateral damage of such protracted conflict was realized. As a consequence of the war, a generation and body of farming knowledge was lost – farming and food security is limited secondary to narrow knowledge of how to run a farm. Angola, currently has chicken imported from Miami, Florida which is expensive, economically wasteful and poor quality.
The Capuia Foundation, along with like minded and dedicated supporters, will focus on empowering the communities in Angola Africa by making healthcare, education and agriculture accessible to all. It is the foundation’s belief that self-sufficiency is central to overall wellness. Further, The Capuia Foundation holds the conviction that education, healthcare and agriculture are essential to improved longevity of the Angolan population.
Daniel Capuia, M.S.
Mr. Daniel Capuia is Co-founder and president of The Capuia Foundation. He received his B.S. in Political Science and minor in Black studies from Portland State University and his Masters from Warner Pacific.
Mr. Capuia has been an active member in his community as he serves on Highland Haven’s Johnson Family Memorial Scholarship committee in partnership with Concordia University; raised money for undeserved youth in the Portland Metropolitan area to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics internships through Saturday Academy; developed a mentoring program for young males at Jefferson High School; and serves on the World Affairs Council of Oregon Advisory Board.
While in graduate school, the center of Mr. Capuia’s thesis was on the important role honorary consulate offices play in helping countries improve their economic condition. Mr. Capuia’s research focus on Angola, Africa specifically, uncovered shocking statistical data on Angola's healthcare, education and agriculture system. After nearly 30 years of civil war which ended in 2002, Angola’s healthcare, education and agriculture infrastructure systems has been disrupted & dismantled.
Mr. Capuia concluded that in order to strengthen and reinvigorate the economic hope and future of Angola, there must be specific emphasis placed on teaching Angolans how to plant, farm and harvest with the goal of improving nutrition; improving and expanding access to quality healthcare and refining the education system.
The overarching goal is to recover overall population wellness by advancing economic conditions through education and opportunity; hence the inspiration of The Capuia Foundation.
Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia
Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD, is the Co-founder of The Capuia Foundation. She earned a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from The George Washington University School of Medicine and completed four years of training in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction medicine, both at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Alisha is also the executive director of OHSU's Avel Gordly Center for Healing and an Assistant Professor of Public Psychiatry.
She holds several distinct honors, among them being the first African-American native Oregonian to become a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist, Portland Business Journal 2016 '40 Under 40' honoree -
this honor recognizes professionals who have excelled in their field, shown tremendous leadership and are committed to the community.
Frequently tapped to advise on matters of medicine, public health and education, she serves on several boards to include: The Portland Development Commission, Oregon Historical Society, a recent appointee to the Oregon Health Policy Board Healthcare Workforce Subcommittee, former Mayoral appointee to the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB), which is a board that oversees the Department of Justice’s mandated reform for the Portland Police Bureau, and is a former appointee to the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.
An acclaimed leader and speaker, she lists her greatest accomplishment as that of being a wife and mother.
Founder - Centro Medico Bom Samaritano
Mr. Estevao Capuia, is a founding member of the The Capuia Foundation and the executive director of the Good Samaritan Health Center (Fundancao Capuia Centro de Saude Bom Samaritano) a public clinic currently under construction in Caucao, Angola.
From 1966-76, Estevao was a member of the Delegation of Sanitation Vetrophry of Moxico in Angola where he was responsible for the supervision of the 8th delegation of veterinarians at a provincial level veterinary hospital.
Estevao rendered intermediate and long term care for both small animals and large domestic animals; oversaw the turberculosis program; performed surgery, blood tests, deliveries and autopsies; trained horses for Angolan Cavalry and performed general veterinary duties.
Estevao was responsible for management of animal husbandry and livestock purchase duties for the United Nations in a refugee camp; program coordinator for training and agricultural projects; instructor and professor in the care and utilization of domestic farm animals in major resettlement facilities.
He received his Masters in Animal Husbandry from Dr. Augusto Lourinho School, in Quilengus, Huila Province, Angola.
Our Key Initiatives
MAKING AN IMPACT
Education is lacking with imperfect schools and educators. Education is indeed the backbone of a sturdy economy.
To this end, The Capuia Foundation will be working with local institutions to forge partnerships by way of providing academic visa in Oregon, earn a degree and gain advanced training in health science, technology and business and then return to Angola to employ their education.
The Capuia Foundation plans to increase the number of Angolan students that participate in academic exchange at institutions of higher learning in Oregon.
Healthcare in Angola is limited as there are few physicians and healthcare workers in the country to provided services for over 25 million people. Life expectancy is significantly decreased with poor access to limited healthcare which deferentially impacts the possibility for economic growth and sustainability.
Our urgent care clinic named Fundacao Capuia Centro De Saude Bom Samaritano in Caucao, Angola opened its doors in 2016 and has served over 2,000 local Angolans and no patient has ever been denied service due to inability to pay.
The clinic employs a physician (on call), nurse, lab tech, and an intake coordinator. Basic health maintenance services, urgent care adult and pediatric and low level surgical procedures are performed. Clinic days of operation: M-Sun 8 am - 10 pm. The clinic renders affordable care.
Agriculture accounted for close to 15% of Angola''s GDP before the civil war. Many Angolans owned successful farms that allowed them to feed themselves plus take much of their harvest to market to sale.
After the civil war, a whole body of knowledge around farming was lost. Agriculture no longer drove the economy as it once did. There is a strong recognition that farming and harvesting and moreover farming education is critical in driving improved economic conditions in Angola.
Agriculture education will be provided through The Capuia Foundation by Mr. Estevao Capuia a farmer himself to educate locals on how to farm (plant and harvest) for the sake of improvement of overall nutrition and help improve economic conditions.
Photos from the ground.
The Capuia Foundation