Karuna Schechen
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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.

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Learn How We Work

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.  



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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Latest News

Altruism: A New Book By Matthieu Ricard

April 12 2015

Matthieu Ricard, co-founder of Karuna-Shechen and author of the international bestseller Happiness, makes a robust and passionate case for altruism—and why we need it now more than ever. Now he turn...

Sports and Yoga for Indian children

March 12 2015

In India, as part of our education program, we conduct regular physical education and yoga classes for underprivileged children from isolated Bihar villages. And they love it! More than 500 children ...

India: Access to education

March 9 2015

Thanks to the support of our donors, Karuna-Shechen operates two small primary schools in the villages of Masuribar and Dema, Bihar. They offer an elementary education free of charge to 135 underprivi...

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