Healthcare is a priority for us because without a healthy population base economic growth cannot be sustained. Today in Angola there are far too few qualified physicians and healthcare workers to meet the needs of a population of 30 million people. As a result, life expectancy is significantly short and access to quality care is severely limited. In 2016 we established an urgent care clinic called Centro Médico bom Samaritano in the community of Cacuaco on the outskirts of Luanda in Angola. Currently the clinic employs an on-call physician, nurses, a lab tech, and an intake coordinator. Nearly 1,000 unduplicated patients are served each year and no patient has ever been denied service due to an inability to pay.
Another important priority for us is agricultural education. Before the civil war agriculture accounted for close to 15% of Angola's GDP and many people owned successful farms that allowed them to feed themselves and sell to markets. After the civil war a generation of farmers and farming knowledge was lost. Now is the time to reinvigorate this industry. Farming education is critical to improved economic conditions. We are in the process of providing this training to Angolans. This work has been pioneered by Mr. Estevao Capuia, one of the founding members of the foundation and a skilled farmer himself.
Education is the backbone of a sturdy economy. To this end, the foundation aims to partner with local institutions in Oregon that can provide academic visas to Angolans allowing them to earn degrees and gain advanced training in health science, technology, and business. Our vision is to facilitate educational exchange and participate in training a skilled workforce that can impact Angolan industries for decades to come. Over the next year we plan to increase the number of Angolan students that participate in these kind of academic exchanges at institutions of higher learning in Oregon.