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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.



We have initiated over 140 humanitarian projects: from clinics in the remote highlands of Tibet to medical outreach programs in the slums of Kathmandu, from a school in the mountains of Nepal to training in solar engineering for illiterate village women in India.

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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.

Solar Power

Solar Energy

Empowering illiterate and low-caste women to become solar engineers, transforming the social and economic life of their villages.  



Bringing free medicine, consultations, maternal care and preventative health education to the most under-served populations.

Community Development

We initiate and support community development projects to reach sustainable harmony. We empower under-served local communities by giving them the tools they need to transform their lives and improve their livelihoods.




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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How We Help Villages in India

December 2 2014

Dema is one of the many villages that Karuna-Shechen helps in India. Our work in this village is an accurate example of how your donations can transform entire communities and lift thousands of wome...

Bringing Light to Nepal’s Rural Villages

December 1 2014

Building on the success of our solar energy projects in India in partnership with Barefoot College, Karuna-Shechen has launched its own solar engineer training program for women in Nepal. In Septem...

Meet Puja Devi, Solar Engineer

December 1 2014

For six months in 2013, Puja Devi, a 26-year old mother of two, left her village and family to study solar engineering at the Barefoot College under the auspices of Karuna-Shechen. She will install s...

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