About Us


Founded by Matthieu Ricard, Karuna-Shechen is a charitable non-profit organization rooted in the ideal of compassion in action.

Since 2000, Karuna-Shechen has been developing and managing humanitarian and development programs that help underserved and disadvantaged communities in India, Nepal, and Tibet reach their full potential and create a better future.

We provide vulnerable populations access to health care, education and vocational training, clean water, solar electricity, and other sustainable solutions that support and improve their livelihoods.

Our comprehensive development and humanitarian strategy is based on active community participation, women’s empowerment, and the preservation of local natural resources, expertise, and culture.

Karuna-Shechen works with local partners to ensure that the programs it develops respond to the specific needs and aspirations of the communities it serves.

With its staff in direct contact with the populations involved in the projects, Karuna-Shechen’s activities have a significant impact on individuals, their families, and their communities. In 2015, over 400,000 people benefitted from our projects.

Did you know?
Karuna-Shechen’s name expresses its mission while paying homage to its roots:
‘Karuna’ means compassion in Sanskrit
and ‘Shechen’ is the name of a major monastery in Tibet.

In Numbers

Our total expenditure in 2015 for our programs in India and Nepal was 2.1 million USD. One million dollars was spent for projects designed to help the victims of the Nepal earthquakes. Administrative and operational costs for More

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Our Team

Over the years, we have established an effective collaborative team of local professionals, grassroots partners, and foreign volunteers who share our values. Together, we fund, initiate, and manage over humanitarian and development projects in northern India, Nepal More

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Mission Statement

OUR MISSION We strive to reduce inequalities in the himalayan regions and work toward a fairer and more compassionate world. We trust that communities can be lifted out of poverty, that change is possible, and that the More

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Our Story

Karuna-Shechen began its work in the mid-1980s when Matthieu Ricard (its founder) and Rabjam Rinpoche (co-founder) initiated a number of small programs to improve the living conditions of the Himalayan people. The programs were designed to address More

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Contact Us

Matthieu Ricard, President and Co-Founder OUR TEAM IN THE FIELD Please do not write to the field directly to apply for jobs or volunteering, check positions HERE Nepal nepal@karuna-shechen.org India india@karuna-shechen.org   OUR INTERNATIONAL BRANCHES Karuna-Shechen Europe More

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