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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.


Latest News

Healing with Compassion

October 9 2017

Lack of trust in the unfamiliar is a problem for a large number of Nepalese people — and a roadblock to receiving the health care they require. If they do not trust the provider or if cultural diver...

Nurses at the Shechen Clinic in Nepal

September 28 2017

A warm smile, a comforting hand, and attention to the needs of others - these are some of the qualities shared by the nurses in our clinic in Kathmandu. We asked two of them why they were working with...

On the road with our mobile clinic in Nepal

September 20 2017

Karuna-Shechen has been organizing mobile clinics and medical camps since 2012 to provide health care to vulnerable populations in slums and isolated villages in the Kathmandu region of Nepal. In t...

Our team: Dr. Shagufta Khalil

September 14 2017

Dr. Shagufta Khalil is one of our general practitioners at the Shechen Clinic in Bodhgaya, India. We asked her to describe her work, and this is what she told us: "I like my job, and I especial...

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 ...

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