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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.

Education as a Tool for Good

Join us as we equip people in India and Nepal with quality education to increase cooperation, compassion, and their potential.

A Focus on Prevention

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

#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

Non-Traditional Education: Teaching Empowerment and Sustainability

August 31 2019

At Karuna-Shechen, we know that education can have far and deep reaching benefits. An engaging teacher, opportunities to learn, and a positive learning environment can create a spark that changes a li...

Promoting Quality and Equality in Education

August 28 2019

Laxmi is a bright teenager and a shining example of why Karuna-Shechen focuses on improving education in the Himalayas. Sitting at a wobbly desk in a makeshift building that wasn’t secure enough to ...

Games and Cooperation: Building a Future for the Youngest

August 28 2019

Eat, play and be loved Early childhood is a crucial time in a person's life. From the earliest age, a child needs a healthy, stimulating, and caring environment to foster personal growth. T...

Educating for a Better World

August 27 2019

Education is a major challenge for humanity. It is a main factor to fight poverty and inequality, and to ensure a better future for all. Yet there are still many obstacles to access to education, whic...

Our Education, Our Future

August 22 2019

Education is a fundamental right. For back to school, give others a chance to learn for life! At Karuna-Shechen, we use education as a tool for good, helping people to develop their intrinsically...

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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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