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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 rural 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

2017 Race of Heroes: Run for Karuna-Shechen!

May 15 2017

Course des Héros/Race of Heroes takes place annually in Paris, France to benefit various charities. Some heroes apply their “compassion in action” by running (or walking) to support the projec...

Matthieu Ricard: People of Jharkhand

May 11 2017

In March, Karuna-Shechen’s co-founder Matthieu Ricard visited our projects in India. First he traveled to  Bihar, where we have been working for 17 years, and then he visited  our new programs in ...

Healing with Nutrition in Nepal

May 5 2017

Urmila wants only the best for her child. Living in poverty in the remote Nepalese village of Hariharpur, she was unaware of the basics of good nutrition. She and her child ate just enough to survive,...

Nepal – Two Years After the Earthquake

April 25 2017

On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake hit Nepal, devastating thousands of villages and killing more than 8,000 people. Now, two years later in the mountain villages that were almost “completely wa...


April 10 2017

Providing access to clean water is essential to the health and wellbeing of the villages we serve — and is a big part of our actions to support remote rural communities in the Himalayas. In the U...

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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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