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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.

A Focus on Prevention

Karuna-Shechen focuses on prevention to preserve health and promote the well-being of rural populations in India and Nepal.

#IAmChange: Women at the Heart of our Actions

Karuna-Shechen's programs help and empower women to become key players for change and a true source of inspiration.

Video: Matthieu Ricard’s Life Work

The Monk and the Philosopher was published a little over twenty years ago and provided the funding to start Karuna-Shechen! Matthieu Ricard shares the story.    

Our Work

Karuna-Shechen provides vulnerable and disadvantaged populations access to health care, education and vocational training, clean water, solar electricity, and other sustainable solutions that support and improve their livelihoods.


Latest News

Traditional Gardening Techniques Increase Food Security in Nepal

March 22 2019

In rural Nepal, remote villages are losing ancestral agricultural methods, including the cultivation of native seeds. As a result, they are facing greater food insecurity and lower overall well-being ...

Undernourishment and the Environment: Global Issues

March 21 2019

Despite improvements, hunger still strikes. In 2015, the United Nations renewed its commitment to ensure a fairer world for all by defining 17 Sustainable Development Goals in its 2030 Agenda. “Zer...

Health in India: Our Solution to a Public System in Crisis

March 20 2019

The Indian government allocates only 1.2% of its GDP to health (compared to 11.8% in France, for example). This extremely low budget seriously impacts the public hospital system, where difficult worki...

Preserving Health: How Our Programs Inform, Empower, and Promote Well-being

March 19 2019

For the rural populations we support in India and Nepal, prevention is the best medicine. Karuna-Shechen focuses on prevention by informing and training villagers on proper nutrition, first aid, and h...

Towards a More Equal World: Our Programs for and with Women

February 28 2019

Women play a key role in reducing poverty and inequality, and creating a more altruistic world. Karuna-Shechen gives Indian and Nepalese women the opportunity to embody that change: for themselves, th...

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Discover our 2017 Annual Report!

Meet the villagers, our team, and all those who make our work possible. Discover the values that guide and inspire us. And learn how your generous support improves the living conditions of 250,000 peo...

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