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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.


Back to School 2017: Discover how donations transform the lives of thousands of students in the remote villages 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.

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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.


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Back to School Message from Matthieu Ricard

September 10 2017

https://youtu.be/F63bKNAWyOY Dear Friends, All our wishes for this new scholastic year to the students and teachers going back to school after the summer. We do our best in Nepal, India, and ...

Early Childhood Development: Village Preschools in India

September 4 2017

Holding onto her teddy bear, five-year-old Satyia walks into the little village preschool that she attends each day thanks to Karuna-Shechen. "I love coming here," Satyia says. "I do not have toys...

Mission Accomplished: 10 Schools Rebuilt in Nepal

September 1 2017

Providing access to education is one of the primary activities of Karuna-Shechen. After the 2015 earthquakes destroyed many of the schools in remote regions in Nepal, our goal was to help rebuild and ...

Back to School, Stay in School

August 21 2017

Sonmati Kumari dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up. Every morning as she crosses the small Indian village of Habipur to go to school, she moves closer to her goal. She is one of 135 destitu...

Education at 10,000 Feet

August 17 2017

With your support, Karuna-Shechen supports 35 schools in Nepal, eight of which are located in remote mountains above 10,000 feet. The Upper Humla Mountains in Nepal are among the most isolated and ...

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