Mission Statement


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 well-being of every individual, regardless of race, gender, class, or caste, is important.

Rooted in the ideal of compassion in action, we serve others with joy and determination by cultivating altruism in our hearts and actions.


With the goal of helping underserved communities in India, Nepal, and Tibet reach their full potential and create a better future, Karuna-Shechen was founded in 2000 by Matthieu Ricard.

We provide 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.


We believe that building on local strengths and knowledge is the most efficient way to respond to the specific needs and aspirations of our beneficiaries.

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

To implement this strategy, we work with a network of grassroots organizations and partners as well as local teams of experienced professionals.