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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.



With your support, we will continue to help affected communities reconstrust their lives. Donate Today.

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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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Latest News

India: News From the Field

September 12 2015

Vocational Training Center in Bodhgaya: This September, we inaugurated a new center for computer training for disadvantaged youth. It will also be used for our other vocational training courses...

Nepal Quakes: Our Strategy to Rebuild Lives

September 8 2015

We have started implementing our rehabilitation plans to help communities and individuals rebuild their lives after the earthquakes in Nepal. It is estimated that two million people were displaced by ...

Classes have started in Dolpo!

September 3 2015

Wonderful news from Dolpo: The primary boarding school we built in the village of Sheri is open and classes have started. Dolpo is located in a remote mountainous region of Nepal. The majority of t...

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