December 5 2019
Twenty years ago, Matthieu Ricard set out to build a better world for the people of the Himalayan region through the founding of Karuna-Shechen. Working in remote and underserved villages, made poss...
Avidevi Chaudhary believed that she was to blame for the pain she endured for months. She had been taught by her parents that sickness was a consequence of lying and stealing — not the result of a serious ailment.
That changed when Karuna-Shechen organized an outreach camp in her isolated village in the remote Morang district of Nepal. There, Avidevi received a free medical screening and discovered that her pain was caused by uterine prolapse (POP), a debilitating condition in which the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, providing inadequate support for the uterus. It affects as many as 25% of Nepali women living in rural areas and left untreated, it can prove fatal.
Karuna-Shechen works with three local partners in five remote districts of Nepal to raise awareness of this condition and provide help to women like Avidevi.
“My prolapse was very advanced and needed an operation,” Avidevi recalls. “The staff brought me to a hospital, where I had a free operation. Now I can lift and carry weight, work 3 times more, and sleep really well! I want to thank everyone connected with the program for doing this.”
Your generous contributions help improve the lives of thousands of Nepali women in isolated villages, where women’s health issues are still taboo and too often ignored.
November 15 2019
Karuna-Shechen’s projects are developed to serve the needs of villagers and communities in remote and under-served areas of Nepal, India, and Tibet. While we gauge success based on the number of peo...
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...