- Meghan visits Southern California Welcome Project to ‘cook and tell stories’
A video has emerged of Meghan Markle cooking traditional Afghan food with a group of 15 women who resettled in the United States from Afghanistan.
The Duchess of Sussex created The Welcome Project in 2023 as part of her work with the Archewell Foundation, which she created alongside Prince Harry.
Archewell previously revealed how Meghan had joined the Southern California Welcome Project for a “night of cooking and storytelling” on February 10.
Now, a clip of the visit has been posted on the Archewell Foundation website, showing the duchess wearing an apron with her organisation’s name on it.
Meghan, 42, was filmed joining the group of women cooking traditional Afghan food, including Ashak and Mantuu, both types of dumpling.
The Duchess of Sussex appears in a video about the Southern California Welcome Project
The video shows Meghan Markle visiting The Welcome Project in California on February 10.
Meghan is seen cooking traditional Afghan food with a group of 15 women in the new video.
A news release from Archewell said the women then discussed “their personal stories and the support they find in this intergenerational group of women.”
The visit was conducted in partnership with Mina’s List, a New York-based organization that has worked with women activists and political leaders in Afghanistan since 2014.
Archewell said that in 2021, Mina List helped evacuate and resettle more than 2,000 Afghan women and families “through independent and coalition efforts,” many of whom resettled in Southern California.
Mina’s List and Archewell then “joined forces to provide community and support to these extraordinary women as they begin to rebuild their lives in the United States.”
Meghan is said to have been inspired to set up the project following her work with Hubb Community Kitchen in west London in 2017, which was organized by a group of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
A previously posted photo by Archewell of Meghan at The Welcome Project on February 10.
Meghan helped prepare food at The Welcome Project in California on February 10.
Meghan is seen at The Welcome Project on February 10 in a photo posted by Archewell.
Archewell says the project was launched to create “a safe haven and inclusive environment for women who have recently resettled to the United States from Afghanistan.”
She adds that the project “believes in the power of connection and aims to uplift communities” and “supports the creation of programs for women who have recently resettled from Afghanistan.”
There are said to be 11 active Welcome Projects across the United States “designed to foster a sense of belonging through activities including sewing, art, hiking, swimming, photography, storytelling, and cooking.”
Archewell also says: ‘By facilitating women-based programming, The Welcome Project also provides access to critical resources and opportunities that not only support the women participating in The Welcome Project, but also improve the lives of those around them: their families and their communities. .’
The video is located in the “programs” section of the Archewell Foundation website, which is different from the new Sussex.com website that launched earlier this month.