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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.

A Focus on Prevention

Karuna-Shechen focuses on prevention to preserve health and promote the well-being of rural populations in India and Nepal.

Supporting Nepal for the Future

Karuna-Shechen has been helping the people in Nepal recover from the earthquakes that devastated the country in 2015. Together, let’s continue to put altruism in action!

#IAmChange: Women at the Heart of our Actions

Karuna-Shechen's programs help and empower women to become key players for change and a true source of inspiration.

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.    


Latest News

Supporting Nepal Towards the Future

April 24 2019

When two major earthquakes struck Nepal in April and May of 2015, Karuna-Shechen worked tirelessly to help the victims. We had already been working for 15 years to relieve suffering for people in Nepa...

Struggling to Rebuild Nepal: Four Years After the Earthquakes

April 24 2019

On April 28 and May 12, 2015, two major earthquakes struck Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and injuring 22,000 more. Many villages, schools, and essential infrastructure were completely destroyed or ...

Karuna-Shechen’s impact: Our efforts since the earthquakes

April 24 2019

When two major earthquakes struck Nepal in April and May of 2015, Karuna-Shechen already had a long history of humanitarian activities in the region and had been working for 15 years to relieve suffer...

“Our Life Changed”: testimonies from our beneficiaries

April 24 2019

In keeping with our mission to help the most vulnerable people, Karuna-Shechen created a strategy to address the needs of the communities that were left out of post-earthquake humanitarian and develop...

Strengthening Nepal for the Future

April 24 2019

Four years after two major earthquakes struck Nepal, Karuna-Shechen is still working in affected areas to reduce suffering and build resilience among villagers. Thanks to the tenacity and dedication o...

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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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