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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.

#IAmChange: Women at the Heart of our Projects

Karuna-Shechen places women at the heart of our programs and helps them become agents of change and inspiration.

2019 Plans and Opportunities

This year, we will continue to expand our circle of compassion! Together, we will continue to make a lasting difference while embracing new opportunities and rising to meet new challenges.    

Video: Matthieu Ricard’s Life Work

The Monk and the Philosopher was published a little over twenty years ago and provided the funding to start Karuna-Shechen! Matthieu Ricard shares the story.

Our Work

Karuna-Shechen provides vulnerable and disadvantaged populations access to health care, education and vocational training, clean water, solar electricity, and other sustainable solutions that support and improve their livelihoods.


Latest News

Towards a More Equal World: Our Programs for and with Women

February 28 2019

Women play a key role in reducing poverty and inequality, and creating a more altruistic world. Karuna-Shechen gives Indian and Nepalese women the opportunity to embody that change: for themselves, th...

Women: key players in development

February 26 2019

Many social disparities exist in our society, particularly between men and women, in areas of education, health services, professional opportunities, and justice. In fact, out of 796 million illite...

Portraits: They are building the future

February 25 2019

Our programs in India and Nepal put women at the core of our actions, giving them a chance to become key players for change and a true source of inspiration. They realize what they are capable of doin...

#IAmChange: Women at the Heart of our Actions

February 22 2019

Many social disparities exist in rural areas of India and Nepal. At Karuna-Shechen, we focus on empowering women and helping them to become key players for change and a true source of inspiration. ...

Stories of Love and Compassion

February 5 2019

Karuna-Shechen began when Matthieu Ricard was inspired to undertake compassionate action for people in the Himalayan region. Now in our 19th year, we help over 250,000 people annually in remote v...

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Discover our 2017 Annual Report!

Meet the villagers, our team, and all those who make our work possible. Discover the values that guide and inspire us. And learn how your generous support improves the living conditions of 250,000 peo...

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