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Karuna-Shechen, founded by Matthieu Ricard in 2000, provides health care, education, and social services for the under-served people of India, Nepal, and Tibet.



Our services to disadvantaged communities include access to quality education, health care, clean water, solar electricity and other sustainable solutions that improve their standard of living.


Videos: Learn How We Work

Check out our latest videos and learn how your contributions are helping communities build a better future for themselves.  



How we help communities rebuild their lives after the 2015 earthquakes. 


Matthieu Ricard

Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer, Matthieu Ricard founded Karuna-Shechen to address the inequalities and suffering he observed in India, Nepal and Tibet.


Latest News

Nepal – Rebuilding Together

September 26 2016

The 2015 earthquakes devastated communities across Nepal. Karuna-Shechen is helping communities rebuild and learn new skills to move beyond devastation to a place of hope. Deeply rooted in the communi...

A Driving Force 

September 7 2016

Karuna-Shechen’s first female e-rickshaw trainee offers a story of success—and enormous potential. In September 2014, Shobha Devi’s life changed forever. Shobha and her husband, a day laborer,...

Small Changes Make a Big Difference

September 1 2016

Community toilets makes life safer, cleaner, and healthier in rural India For those of us living in developed and urbanized areas, it’s easy to take many things for granted: running water, electr...

Download our Nepal 2016 Bi-Annual Report

September 1 2016

Our Nepal  2016 Bi-Annual Report is now available online. Please read to learn how we are alleviating poverty and helping vulnerable communities to  build a better and more sustainable future fo...

Building Resilience and Self-sufficiency in Indian Villages

July 26 2016

A Message From Shamsul Akhtar, Karuna-Shechen India Director:   Karuna-Shechen began its work in Bihar, one of India’s most destitute states, in the late 1990s by sending a mobile clinic t...

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Why Donate Monthly to Karuna-Shechen?

A SUSTAINABLE AND LASTING IMPACT Your recurring monthly donations make a sustainable and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of vulnerable people in India, Nepal, and Tibet, and provide us wit...

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