Advocating For A More Perfect Global Society
Manuela Testolini, founder of In A Perfect World, brought her mission to the DC area Tuesday for an invitational fundraiser where she announced an extension of the philanthropic program to areas of Guatemala.
“We can do good together,” said Testolini.
IAPW works with at-risk youth to advance their education and to help them become strong members of the community.
An international movement, IAPW is active in DC and Los Angeles.
Testolini emphasized that 100 percent of its donations go to projects.
In fulfilling her overall mission to educate children, Testolini’s organization has built 30 schools in developing countries. It also provides clean water, solar power, sustainable farming practices, and the skills for women to achieve economic advancement.
Testolini, who lives in LA where the organization is based, has created a youth “ambassadors” program that works with young people and provides them experience with community outreach in the US and globally. A contingent of ambassadors will travel to Guatemala to aid those in need. She said the ambassadors program is to “introduce young people to good works and to the concept of giving back.”
A video screened at the event showed a project in Malawi where IAPW develops schools and educational programs.
Among the 50 guests were Ambassador Mull S. Katende of Uganda and Ambassador Stanislav Vidovic and Mrs. Ljiljana Vidovic of Slovenia.
The reception was hosted by Barbara Hawthorn (an advisory board member of In A Perfect World), and co-hosted by Crystal and Jason Kampf, JoAnn Willis and Chip Kahn. The event was held at Willis’ Arlington, Va. home.