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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 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.  



How we help communities rebuild their lives after the 2015 earthquakes. 


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

Building Resilience and Self-sufficiency in Indian Villages

July 26 2016

A Message From Shamsul Akhtar, Karuna-Shechen India Director:   Karuna-Shechen began its work in Bihar, one of India’s most destitute states, in the late 1990s by sending a mobile clinic t...

Humla: Eight Schools on the Roof of the World

July 1 2016

As many children all around the world are enjoying their summer vacation, high up in the mountains of Humla, the school year is in full swing. The school year begins at the end of March in this isolat...

New Interactive 2015 Annual Report

June 27 2016

We are pleased to share with you the interactive digital edition of our 2015 Annual Report. In it you will meet the people who have been helped by your donations, learn about our programs, accomplish...

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 Schools 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...

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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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