The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a special announcement on their third wedding anniversary – their Archewell Foundation is building a Community Relief Kitchen in Mumbai, India.
It’s part of their ongoing partnership with celebrity chef, José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, and the third of four kitchens they’re helping construct. In fact, they’ve already built one in the Caribbean Commonwealth nation of Dominica and a second is going up in Puerto Rico.
The focus is on India this time because of the horrific second wave of coronavirus impacting the region:
“Right now, COVID-19 cases are spiking across the entire country of India,” a statement on their Archewell website reads.
“On Tuesday, India’s total virus cases exceeded 25 million, with 260,0000 new cases and 4,329 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, millions have been infected and there is widespread concern that the crisis is even worse than reported.”
World Central Kitchen is already on the ground preparing 20,000 fresh meals daily for frontline health workers.
In response to the surge of Covid cases in India, WCK is preparing 20,000 fresh meals daily for frontline healthcare heroes. Now with Harry & Meghan’s Archewell Foundation, we’re creating our third Community Relief Center to build resilience in Mumbai. https://t.co/l5HpVEu1fV pic.twitter.com/M2qMiJe72E
— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) May 19, 2021
Like the other centres, this new relief kitchen will serve as a food distribution hub but also a clinic and a community gathering space for families. It is also home to Myna Mahila, an Indian NGO focused on women’s health and employment opportunities which Meghan has supported for many years.
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