Prince Harry and Meghan support completion of relief center

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archewell foundation supports completion of emergency relief center in the Caribbean island of Dominica – and work has already started on the second in Puerto Rico

  • World Central Kitchen finished build of first community relief center in Dominica
  • Prince Harry and Meghan’s foundation Archewell helped support completion
  • Aims to develop four relief centers in regions of world prone to climate disasters
  • World Central Kitchen confirmed work has started on the second in Puerto Rico

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s foundation has helped support the completion of an emergency relief center in the Commonwealth.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, World Central Kitchen announced that the construction of the first community relief center in Dominica has been completed. 

The joint effort with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nonprofit Archewell Foundation aims to develop a series of four relief centers in regions of the world prone to climate disasters – with work having already started on the second in Puerto Rico.

The completed center has installed kitchen equipment using solar power and is ready for the school´s staff to cook for students and the community.

A culinary training program is expected to launch this year, which will help equip chefs with the skills to cook and feed large numbers of people in an emergency.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s foundation has helped support the completion of an emergency relief center in the Commonwealth. Pictured, during a surprise appearance at the #SpotifyStreamOn event this week

The completed center (pictured) has installed kitchen equipment using solar power and is ready for the school´s staff to cook for students and the community

A culinary training program, expected to launch this year, will help equip chefs with the skills to cook and feed large numbers of people in an emergency

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex initially announced that Spanish chef Jose Andres’s foundation to feed the hungry will be the first recipient of help from their Archewell foundation in December 2020. 

With Archewell’s financial support, both entities hope to feed people in disaster-stricken areas around the world. 

Meghan and Harry set up the foundation in April last year in the name of their one-year-old son, Archie. The name also stems from the Ancient Greek word ‘arche’, which means ‘source of action’.

At the time of the organization’s founding, it was reported that Archewell would focus on issues including ‘conservation, female empowerment, and gender equality’. 

Their website says it is ‘an organization committed to creating compassionate communities online and off, to serve our collective wellbeing.’

World Central Kitchen was founded in 2010 in response to the Haiti earthquake by Andres, a celebrity chef who runs 16 restaurants from New York City, Washington DC, and Miami to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. 

With Archewell’s financial support, both entities hope to feed people in disaster-stricken areas around the world. Pictured, the construction of the first community relief center in Dominica

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are supporting chef Jose Andres (pictured) in his charity

Taking to Twitter, World Central Kitchen penned: ‘With The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nonprofit Archewell Foundation, WCK is developing Community Relief Centers in areas of the world prone to climate disasters. The first Center in Dominica is complete & will also serve as a school kitchen’ (pictured)

He was due to open a restaurant inside the Trump Hotel in Washington DC, but pulled out in 2016 when the president infamously called Mexicans ‘rapists’. He has remained a fervent Trump critic ever since.

In 2018, Andres was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

‘We are more energized than ever to continue this vital work, and we’re proud that it will be hand in hand with Archewell Foundation and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,’ said Andres at the time.

‘I have come to know both of them well, and believe that their values are directly aligned with what we stand for at World Central Kitchen.’

Andres, 51, has since 2010 devoted much of his energy to WFK, traveling around the world to disaster zones.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s foundation has helped support the completion of an emergency relief center in the Commonwealth. Pictured, March 5, 2020, arriving at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London

The organization works by parachuting into disaster areas, and then working with local groups to improve the supply chain for those most in need.

In their 10 years they have worked in Nicaragua, Peru, Zambia, Uganda, and Cambodia, among other countries.

Andres famously brought his team to Washington DC to provide meals for government employees going without pay during the furlough in January 2019. 

Last week, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan would not be returning to royal duties. 

The couple’s split from the royal family came after the Duke of Sussex gave up his honorary military duties.

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