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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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Latest News

Earthquake Rehabilitation Update: Laxmi’s New School is Built!

June 8 2016

We have good news about the schools we support in earthquake-affected communities in Nepal. Remember Laxmi, this young villager full of dreams whose school had been destroyed during the tragedy? W...

SLIDESHOW: India From Primary School to Literacy Classes

June 6 2016

Please watch our new slideshow about Pramod Kumar, one of our 'Babua' primary school teachers, and his mother, who is one of our literacy students.  News About our 'Babua' Schools and Literacy C...

IN NUMBERS: Our education programs

June 1 2016

In Nepal and India, insufficient government financing means that rural schools often lack basic facilities and supplies. As a result, there is a high dropout rate, forcing many schools to shut down a...

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