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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 are helping affected communities rebuild their lives. 

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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

Helping the Elderly in Nepal

November 19 2015

  In Nepal and other Himalayan countries, urbanization often results in families moving out of their remote villages into small living quarters in cities with no extra space for older relative...

Solar Power For The Rural Poor In Nepal

October 22 2015

Geeta Bhujel lives in a small isolated village of the Kavre district in Nepal. She gets up every morning at 4 am, cleans the house and the cow shed, makes tea, and prepares dal-bhat (rice and lentil s...

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...

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