Education of Choice- Dick and Betsy DeVos

Dick and Betsy DeVos are known to be prominent donors and gives not only supporting the charity work in the world but also the American politics. Lately, the couple has gained a lot of attention as well as critics from the public for their funding and the source of money. The DeVos family generous contributions cannot be compared to the political funding, as the charity funding is double their political funding. Betsy DeVos was a nominee for the United States of America Education Secretary a position which she which called for her vetting.

During the vetting process, Betsy DeVos had to explicitly tell the panel the source the money they contribute in both political campaigns and charity. In her statement, Betsy said that the enormous contribution which they make is funded through their Family Foundation. She went ahead and mentioned in 2015 only, they Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation contributed $11.6 million to charity which was double the amount they had giving to politics, 45.3million. The Michigan couple has been primarily making their political contributions in support of the Republican Party for an extended period.

Dick and Betsy come from giving families who have also been supporting the Republican politics. Richard DeVos is Dick’s father and the co-founder of Amway. In 2015 Rich and his children gave a contribution of about $104 million to charity. The grant gave the family a unique chance to be named in the Forbes and listed number 24 in the American’s Top Givers List. According to research as well as the report given by the family, Forbes says the family contribution is about 41.33 billion which is about $5.2 billion of the family fortune. Betsy DeVos is the daughter of the late Edgar Prince who was an American entrepreneur, a philanthropist as well as a political giver.

According to the Michigan family, wealth is not about what you wear or the car you drive instead they place their richness in giving to the community. The Devos family treasure education and it has always been a priority in their giving. In 2015, 26% of their contribution which was about $3 million of their funding was directed to the education sector, while 3% went to other bodies which support education in the United States. According to the couple, it is clear that the current American system of education was not fulfilling the dreams of the students and the country. The primary aim of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was to give children from middle class an opportunity to choose a school of their choice and live their dream. According to Dick, their goal is to address the failing of the public education system and not to criticize the public teachers. The couple continues to support education hoping to make the American child to achieve their goals.


The Evolution of Kabbala Centre

The foundation of Kabbala Centre was established in 1922 by Rav Yehuda Ashlag, who was the first Chief Kabbalist to modernize its wisdom and make it readily available to all.He later passed on the leadership to his student Rave Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein, who subsequently handed over to Rav Berg.

The principal aim of Kabbala has been to acquire the knowledge of God, and His designs for the seen and unseen universe.In the beginning, Kabbala was perceived as a having been reserved for Jewish scholars who were married and aged 40years and above. Children, women and unlearned men were never considered fit for formal Kabbala training.

Rav Ashlag did not succeed in acquiring a huge following as he had hoped. Until his death in 1955, he toiled to make Zohar available to the general public and even used his own resources to make this happen.

Rav Brandwein yearned to carry on Rav Ashlag’s legacy, but due to his limited resources, he did not do as much as he would have wished. Before his death, Rav Brandwein named Rav Berg the President of YeshivatKol Yehuda.

Rav Berg’s wife, Karen, was the first woman to study Kabbala and with her influence, they opened up the teachings to everyone who wished to learn, including children and women. In the early 70’s the Rav and his wife moved to Israel and set up the second Kabbala Centre in Tel Aviv. They set up the Centre in the middle of a secular Israel society and offered wisdom to tackle life’s challenges.

In 1984, Rav Berg and Karen set up the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre. They left the passionate and wise followers in charge of the Israel Kabbala Centre. Rav Berg wrote his first books in English so as to appeal to a wider audience.

The Kabbala Centre taught a non-religious audience and was seen as a spiritual, rather than a religious way of study. Currently, there are more than 40 Kabbala Centres around the world. Through the Kabbala Centres, Rav Berg and his wife actualized Rav Ashlag’s vision of integrating humans from all race, religion, and nationalities.Celebrities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, the late Elizabeth Taylor, and Sandra Bernhard have shown interest in the Jewish Kabbalah.

Rav Berg passed away in 2013, leaving Karen and their son, Michael Berg, an established author himself, to run the Kabbalah Centre. They use all kinds of modern technology to pass wisdom through books, courses, and books in both online and physical Centres.

Copa Star Hospital: Bringing World Class Service to Rio

The Copa Star Hospital is a world-class hospital located in Copacabana. This is in the southern area of Rio de Janeiro. It was opened in November 2016 after three years of construction. It has seven floors. The hospital design is heralded for its resemblance to a five-star hotel which is in line with the vision that the owners had. The hospital offers autonomy to patients through the smart hospitality system that it has incorporated. iPads are available to patients. They get to communicate with the doctors and nurses directly. This is helpful because patients can call for medical assistance at the touch of a button.

The devices also allow patients to control the ambiance of the room by adjusting the lights and the curtains. It cost R $ 400 million to construct the world class hospital that was started to cater to residents of Rio who had to travel to Sao Paulo for healthcare services. Jorge Moll is the founder of Rede D’Or Sao Luiz and the developers of the hospital. Jorge pointed out that Copa Star combined quality care and complex surgical equipment to offer quality treatment. He also mentioned that they strived to create an environment where technology could be used to better the services they offered to patients. The hospital contains several hybrid rooms, intelligent operating rooms, and neurosurgery rooms that have integrated magnetic resonance equipment. They also make use of telemedicine and robotic medicine to offer revolutionary healthcare to patients. View the design at RafArquitetura.Com

There are 230 works of art on the walls of the lobby of the hospital to create a calming environment when visitors enter the hospital. The hospital has an internal aromatization project that ensures the corridors have a welcoming scent. The staff at the hospital are accommodated nearby so that they are as near as possible to their patients. The staff was trained for close to three months on how to use the facilities and the equipment. They were thoroughly prepared to deal with every type of emergency situation. The team was instructed about the kind of clothes and makeup that they were supposed to wear when attending to patients. The staff comprises of more than 100 doctors and 400 other employees. Employees who work in other departments including maintenance, billing, clothing, and supply operate from a separate but nearby building.

It is easy to think that the Copa Star was developed for private patients only, but they accept all forms of payment including health insurance. The hospital boasts of a world-class restaurant that prepares personalized meals for each patient. The owners of the hospital are thinking of trying this concept on other hospitals around the country. Visit their profile page on Facebook