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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.

Women for Change

This International Women’s Day, empower women and girls to tap their potential and pursue healthier, happier, and more equal lives.

Wishing You a Happy New Year

Together, let’s continue our beautiful work in 2020 and beyond!

Our Environment Our Future

Help Karuan-Shechen improve well-being, raise awareness and reduce the impact of climate change.  Together, lets build a greener world!

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

COVID-19: As the virus spreads, Nepal is opting for prevention.

April 1 2020

As with our programs in India, we are announcing the temporary cessation of our programs in Nepal in order to comply with the measures taken by the Nepalese government. As Nepal has also observed...

India and COVID-19: What is the impact on the people we help?

March 25 2020

In these difficult times, our thoughts go out to the people who are ill, to their families, and to all of those risking their own health for the health of others around the world every day. India -...

International Day of Happiness: Cultivating altruism

March 20 2020

Today we celebrate together the International Day of Happiness. In these difficult and exceptional times, our thoughts go especially to the people who are suffering and to the medical personnel who ar...

Women’s Education: Changing Lives

February 29 2020

Over the past twenty years, Karuna-Shechen’s pursuit of equality for women has brought forth many efforts to remove barriers and open doors of opportunity. Through our projects in India and Nepal, w...

A Lifetime of Education for Women and Girls

February 29 2020

Educating women and girls is one of the most effective ways to transform lives, improve the well-being of communities, and invest in the future. It raises wages and breaks the cycle of poverty for wom...

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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...