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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.

What we will accomplish in 2018

A new school, a new clinic, hundreds of homes powered by solar... discover what we will do, together, this year.


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

Videos: Learn How We Work

Check out our latest videos and learn how your contributions are helping communities build a better future for themselves.  

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.


Latest News

A New Clinic: Expanding our Commitment to Jharkhand

February 6 2018

This year, Karuna-Shechen is building a new facility in the under-served and forgotten Indian state of Jharkhand. This project is an important step forward in our mission to reduce inequalities in th...

Towards Sustainable Harmony

January 29 2018

Karuna-Shechen's approach to helping communities is a unique balance of responding to urgent problems while applying sustainable harmony to factor in the needs of future generations. The term "sus...

Balman Chantyal: Our Solar Power Partner

January 13 2018

A broad smile lights up the face of a man who helps spread light to some of Nepal's most remote villages. Balman Chantyal is the director of Ulyalo Ghar, our partner in Nepal for solar power instal...

Beautiful Turquoise Ocean: Our Karuna Girl

January 13 2018

In his latest work Un demi-siècle dans l’Himalaya (Half a Century in the Himalayas), Matthieu Ricard recalls his two encounters with Drouk-kar Tsho, a little Tibetan girl whose gentle smile has bec...

Sustainable Strategy for Working with Indian Villages

January 9 2018

Karuna-Shechen is tackling the challenge of how to scale our services in India to meet the growing demand.  Just five years ago we helped a dozen remote villages in rural India; today, we are working...

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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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