Prince‘s ex-wife Manuela Testolini has opened up about her plans to building a school in his honor.
The business woman and philanthropist, who was married to Prince from 2001 to 2006, said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that she already had plans to build the school before his passing and is “heartbroken beyond words” about his untimely passing.
“I just reached out to [Prince] a few days ago to let him know that I was building a school in his honor,” she stated. “My heart aches that the school will now be built in his memory. “Prince and I had a magical journey together and I loved him immensely,” she said. “I knew him as a husband, friend and fierce philanthropist. Philanthropy brought us together and it was Prince that encouraged me to start my own charity over 10 years ago.”
Manuela’s foundation, In a Perfect World, partners with an educational program known as REACH (Rural Education and Community Harmony), which has built 19 schools in some of the world’s poorest countries, including Mali, Malawi, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Nicaragua and Nepal.
There’s no word on where this school will be built, with Manuela sadly admitting that she had hoped Prince would decide that.
Sadly, as many of us known, Prince passed away on April 21 at his estate, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota at the age of 57. Hopefully, though this idea of this school in his memory will be brought to life, and have a strong impact on children who will benefit from a good education. RIP Prince!
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