Meghan, Harry Foundation receives award from organization for Afghan refugees

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archewell Foundation has received a special award for its support of the Human First Coalition, an organization supporting and advocating for Afghan refugees, as well as providing humanitarian aid to those in need.

The award will be presented at a ceremony in New York where Harry recently gave a keynote address at the United Nations. However, according to reports, the couple will not be present, with the Daily Mail indicating that the Executive Director of the Archewell Foundation, James Holt, will accept it in their place.

The award marks the Sussexes’ second high-profile honor for their humanitarian and social efforts since the couple stepped down as senior royals and moved to the United States in 2020.

In February, Harry and Meghan received the President’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards held in California. Past recipients of the award have included the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Muhammad Ali and Ella Fitzgerald. The couple accepted the honor in person, using their acceptance speech to advocate for social justice and express support for Ukraine as hostilities with Russia escalated.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured at the NAACP Image Awards, main image, February 27, 2022. Archewell Foundation Executive Director James Holt, inset, is pictured at the Invictus Games on April 16, 2022. Harry’s Archewell Foundation and Meghan has received a partner organization award from the Human First Coalition, which must be accepted by Holt.
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The Sussexes received the Human First Coalition partner organization award after the couple included the charity among a small list they donated money to as part of their bank holiday wishes in december.

Instead of the traditional royal Christmas cards in 2021, the couple posted a digital holiday greeting on the Archewell website which read:

“This year 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, into the world.

“Archie made us a ‘mom and dad’ and Lili made us a family.

“As we look forward to 2022, we have made donations in your name to several organizations that honor and protect families, from those displaced from Afghanistan to American families in need of paid parental leave.”

In addition to the Human First Coalition, Harry and Meghan also listed Team Rubicon, Humanity Crew and Marshall Plan for Moms among their chosen charities.

On Archewell’s recognition with an award, James Holt commented, according to the Daily Mail:

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Human First Coalition, whose tireless work in Afghanistan has been instrumental in delivering much-needed assistance and resulting in the successful evacuation and resettlement of thousands of people. in the world.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured in New York on November 10, 2021. The couple showed their support for Afghan refugees during a November 2021 visit to the Task Force Liberty base in New Jersey, which was home to more than 10,000 men, women and children.
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“We share a commitment to supporting families and veterans and are grateful for their partnership.”

The coalition was founded by former Taliban captive Safi Rauf in 2021, alongside brothers Zabih Rauf and Anees Khalil, to provide humanitarian aid to refugees after the United States withdrew from Afghanistan.

The organization says it was able to evacuate more than 7,000 vulnerable people and provide food, shelter and education to those in need thanks to donations and advocacy from Harry and Meghan.

Alongside the royal couple, US Senator Richard Blumenthal is also being honored at the ‘Experience Afghanistan’ awards ceremony to be held on August 15.

Among the winners of the evening, Rauf, the president of the Human First Coalition declared, according to the Daily Mail:

“Senator Blumenthal and the Archewell Foundation were instrumental in helping us as we organized efforts to help Afghans who were left behind when the Taliban took over Kabul.

“We can’t thank them enough for their support.”

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Prince Harry is pictured at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan November 9, 2014. Harry flew tours in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2012.
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Harry and Meghan had shown their support for Afghan refugees before making their holiday donation to the Human Fist Coalition, traveling to the base of Task Force Liberty in New Jersey in November 2021, where more than 10,000 people were evacuated from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. of the country were safe.

The couple visited a toddlers’ classroom where they performed ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ before revealing it was their son Archie’s favorite song at the time.

Harry made two tours to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2012. In May 2008, the prince was awarded the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan by his aunt Princess Anne.

Newsweek has approached representatives of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the Human First Coalition for comment.

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