Thor Havlorssen and the Human Rights Foundation

They say that all it takes for a person to become different is one traumatizing event in their life. Well, for Thor Havlorssen, a few events came together and shaped his path towards becoming the activist that he is for human rights. Thor is Venezuelan and Norwegian, he claims that he is a child of two nations but he loves the entire humanity. His father is the one that was of Norwegian descent while his mother was from Venezuela.

When he was a young boy, Thor watched his father protesting about the plunder that was taking place at the Mendela Castle. He was arrested by the government and mistreated grossly. Then, even before the emotional wounds left by this event had healed, his mother was shot while taking part in peaceful demonstrations against the government of the place. What irked him most about the case was the fact that his mother and fellow protestors had not been breaking the law in any way, yet when the known shooters were arrested and charged in a court of law, they were sentenced to serve three years, of which they only did six months.

These are the events that made him realize that a lot was going wrong in the realm of social justice. He started his activism when he was young. He established his NGO, the Human Rights Foundation to deal with some of the serious cases of human rights violations. The annual event that is held by hi group is so massive that people call it the Davos Conference of human rights. He has gotten in trouble many times with the law and other groups for his efforts. For instance, there was a time he narrowly escaped arrest from Vietnam. He had gone to the cells to talk to victims of human rights violations. The situation was so bad that hi camera man had to hide the footage of the entire ordeal in his person.

Thor says that he is not a person that respects race or imagine that some are better than others. He claims that as long as a person is fighting the same course as he, he respects them.

Dick DeVos Gives Generous Donation To Kennedy Center

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Charitable Foundation has donated $1 million to the John F. Kennedy Center Of Performing Arts. The center’s fundraising program started in 2013. It was recently reported that because the fundraising effort was so successful, it has been extended with a new goal of an additional $50 million.

The center, opened since 1973, has over 3 million visitors each year. The fundraising efforts have raised revenue for expansions and renovations. “We are attaching a pedestrian walk for visitors to reach the main building,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah Teeter. She went on to say that she was thankful that donors are as excited about the arts as she.

The Kennedy Center has a number of multi-million dollar donors each year. David Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group gave the largest donation to date of $50 million. Others who have matched his generosity include The Boeing Company, Jacqueline Mars, Noemi Neidorff, The Robert H. Smith Charity Foundation and The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

Upgrades to the center also include new office spaces, rehearse rooms, educational rooms and pavilions. The designs have been edited a number of times over the last two years due to planning agency scrutiny.

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy are known for their generous donations all over the country – especially, in their home state of Michigan. They have supported many social initiatives and school choice vouchers. The DeVoses have recently opened a aviator charter school for children who would like to pursue a technical career while learning more about flying planes.

Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. The company is owner of the Orlando Magic NBA team. DeVos is a champion sailor and professional pilot. Dick ran an unsuccessful bid to unseat Democrat Jennifer Granholm as governor of Michigan.