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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.

Stories of Love and Compassion

The love and compassion that guides our work can be seen in the many projects we undertake in the Himalayan region.

2019 Plans and Opportunities

This year, we will continue to expand our circle of compassion! Together, we will continue to make a lasting difference while embracing new opportunities and rising to meet new challenges.    

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.

Our Work

Karuna-Shechen provides vulnerable and disadvantaged populations access to health care, education and vocational training, clean water, solar electricity, and other sustainable solutions that support and improve their livelihoods.


Latest News

Stories of Love and Compassion

February 5 2019

Karuna-Shechen began when Matthieu Ricard was inspired to undertake compassionate action for people in the Himalayan region. Now in our 19th year, we help over 250,000 people annually in remote v...

Opportunity and Light: How Solar Transforms lives

January 24 2019

In remote villages in Nepal, many households lack the means to safely light their homes. With no electricity source, the use of kerosene lamps is commonplace and results in poor air quality,...

A New Home for the Elderly in Nepal!

January 14 2019

Karuna-Shechen's co-founders, Matthieu Ricard and Rabjam Rinpoche, recently visited our new home for the elderly in Nepal, which had to be re-built after earthquakes hit the country in 2015. "There...

Plans and Opportunities for the Year Ahead

December 27 2018

In 2018, your commitment and support had a tremendous impact and allowed us to reach 250,000 people in need and give them the opportunity to better their lives. Imagine a world in which we can cont...

Wishing You Joy-Filled Holidays

December 19 2018

"Dear friends of Karuna-Shechen, I wish you the happiest of holidays and a very good New Year! It is thanks to you that we can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in remo...

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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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