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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.



Our services to destitue communities include access to quality education, health care, clean water, solar electricity and other sustainable solutions that improve their standard of living.



Learn how we are helping communities rebuild their lives one year after the tragedy. 

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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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Our field teams work in targeted areas on projects that come to us from within the community. Learn what the terms GRASSROOTS and EMPOWERMENT mean to Karuna-Shechen.  



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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Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: How we Empower Sanu to Build her Village’s resilience

April 25 2016

When the 7.9 earthquake hit Nepal on April 25th 2015, Sanu Maiya Tamang, 32, lost everything. Her house collapsed and buried her family's possessions; her goats were killed; and she lost the family’...

Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: Growing Organic Food in Villages

April 22 2016

As a result of industrial agriculture and the increasing import of rice seeds from India and China, Nepal is losing its ancestral agricultural methods, including the cultivation of local seeds. This s...

Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: Training Villagers to Save Lives

April 21 2016

The first of two earthquakes struck Nepal on April 25th 2015, claiming thousands of lives and disrupting thousands more. In the hours and days that followed, medical skills and emergency care were in ...

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