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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.

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In partnership with GlobalGiving and you, our solar project will bring light to an earthquake-impacted village disconnected from electricity.


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

Discover our 2016 Annual Report!

June 15 2017

Our interactive 2016 Annual Report is now on-line. In 2016, with your support, we treated more than 140,000 patients, provided quality education for 4,700 students, and improved living conditions in t...

Success! Plant a Kitchen Garden in India

June 12 2017

Because of your support, our project “Plant Kitchen Gardens for Families in Need in India,” finished as the #1 project on GlobalGiving’s June Accelerator campaign! Planting a kitchen gar...

2017 Race of Heroes: Run for Karuna-Shechen!

May 15 2017

Course des Héros/Race of Heroes takes place annually in Paris, France to benefit various charities. Some heroes apply their “compassion in action” by running (or walking) to support the projec...

Matthieu Ricard: People of Jharkhand

May 11 2017

In March, Karuna-Shechen’s co-founder Matthieu Ricard visited our projects in India. First he traveled to  Bihar, where we have been working for 17 years, and then he visited  our new programs in ...

Healing with Nutrition in Nepal

May 5 2017

Urmila wants only the best for her child. Living in poverty in the remote Nepalese village of Hariharpur, she was unaware of the basics of good nutrition. She and her child ate just enough to survive,...

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Why Donate Monthly to Karuna-Shechen?

A SUSTAINABLE AND LASTING IMPACT Your recurring monthly donations make a sustainable and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of vulnerable people in India, Nepal, and Tibet, and provide us wit...

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