"they can serve as food distribution hubs"
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to build a community relief centre in India to help “heal” the country.
The announcement, posted to their official website Archewell, was made to mark the couple’s third wedding anniversary.
Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation will partner with World Central Kitchen.
The announcement read: “As part of our ongoing philanthropic partnership, Archewell Foundation and World Central Kitchen are announcing plans today to build our next Community Relief Centre in India, which is facing a devastating second wave of Covid-19.”
It will be the third in a series of four relief centres, following projects in Dominica and Puerto Rico.
The website added: “During future crises, these centres can be quickly activated as emergency response kitchens – or vaccination sites – and through calmer times they can serve as food distribution hubs, schools, clinics, or community gathering spaces for families.”
World Central Kitchen was founded by chef Jose Andres.
The non-profit organisation helps feed communities worldwide, including in the aftermath of natural disasters.
The new centre will be in Mumbai.
Mumbai is also home to Myna Mahila, an Indian organisation focused on women’s health and employment opportunities that Meghan has long supported.
Meghan visited the Myna Mahila Foundation in 2017 and wrote about her experience in Time magazine.
Next up is @MynaMahila, which empowers women in Mumbai's slums by providing them with a trusted network, stable employment & the chance to grow as individuals & businesswomen, and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene. https://t.co/suzul1y9cw pic.twitter.com/eIG3GP6bW7
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018
Prior to their marriage in 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan chose Myna Mahila as one of seven organisations to receive wedding donations from well-wishers.
In early May 2021, it was their son Archie’s second birthday.
To mark the occasion, the couple asked for charity donations to aid the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations in disadvantaged countries around the world.
The Archewell website said: “Today’s announcement marks the latest in Archewell Foundation and World Central Kitchen’s shared mission to support more compassionate, strong, and healthy communities.”
They urged citizens to donate money to GAVI, which aims to increase access to immunisation in poor countries.
Harry and Meghan said a $5 donation would be matched by organisations to become $20. This would pay for four vaccines.
The couple shared a letter to the CEOs of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Norovax as they launched their campaign to “ensure equitable vaccine access globally”.
They asked the powerful bosses to “act with extraordinary purpose, responsibility, and leadership” to “increase global supply”.
Harry and Meghan are set to welcome a daughter in the summer of 2021.
The couple are set to appear in the first episode of The Me You Can’t See.
It is a mental health documentary series created by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey. It will stream on Apple TV+.
The couple will be celebrating their third wedding anniversary privately at their home in California.