EXCLUSIVE: Prince's Ex-Wife Manuela Testolini reveals location of school being built in his honor

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EXCLUSIVE: Prince's Ex-Wife Manuela Testolini Is Building a School in His Memory


As a way of celebrating Prince on what would have been the music icon's 58th birthday, his ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, shared with ET on Tuesday the location of the school that is being built in the late singer's honor.

"Prince wanted to change lives, especially those of impoverished children," Testolini told ET exclusively. "Malawi is one of the 20 least developed countries in the world and most Malawian children, particularly girls, do not have access to education. Constructing a school in Malawi means lifting an entire community and breaking the cycle of poverty."

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Testolini wants the school to be a reflection of Prince's charitable spirit. "His legacy as an activist and philanthropist will live on through these children and I'm honored and humbled to be able to make this happen," she continued. "I know Prince would love the celebration that's about to take place in this community."

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US artist singer and songwriter Prince performs on stage during his concert in Antwerp Sportpaleis, on November 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO /BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM (DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Monday, June 2, 2014, file photo, U.S. pop singer Prince watches the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. Prince announced on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, that he would release a new album entitled, 'Art Official Age'€ on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights of his music. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince presents the award for British Female Solo Artist at The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince and Ida Nielsen, Hannah Ford Welton and Donna Grantis of his band 3rdEyeGirl present an award at The BRIT Awards 2014 at The O2 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
Prince Rogers Nelson is better known as just Prince and is pictured where is spends a lot of his time; on concert stage around the world. Denmark 2013. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Mary J. Blige (L) and recording artist Prince perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Prince (L) and singer Mary J. Blige perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
As dozens of singers perform "We Are The World" on the 10th anniversary of the African famine relief anthem, the artist formerly known as Prince, left, stands sucking on a lollipop next to Quincy Jones, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, January 30, 1995. (AP Photo/ Reed Saxon)
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Prince and Testolini are said to have first met in 2001 when she was working for his charity. She was 24 and he was 43. They were married that same year, and divorced amicably in 2006. Testolini continued her charity work and went on to marry musician Eric Benet in 2011.

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"I just reached out to [Prince] a few days ago to let him know that I was building a school in his honor," Testolini told ET's Nancy O'Dell days after the singer's death. "My heart aches that the school will now be built in his memory."

Testolini's foundation, In a Perfect World, has a program called REACH (Rural Education and Community Harmony), which funds the construction of 23 schools in some of the world's most economically poor countries, including Nepal, Haiti, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Malawi and Nicaragua. The goal of all of the foundation's schools is to give children in rural areas -- girls, in particular -- access to quality education.

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"I knew him as a husband, friend and fierce philanthropist," Testolini said of Prince. "Philanthropy brought us together and it was Prince that encouraged me to start my own charity over 10 years ago."

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