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...
Providing access to clean water is essential to the health and wellbeing of the villages we serve — and is a big part of our actions to support remote rural communities in the Himalayas.
In the Upper Humla mountains in Nepal, school children used to go home to get a drink of water or wash their hands – and many wouldn’t return. To remedy the situation, we provided access to clean water to five small schools located more than 3000 meters above sea level. In Yari we installed an 800-meter pipe to transport water from the village, and in Hepka we installed a large cistern to collect rainwater.
We are also building sanitation facilities and installing reliable water systems in the ten rural schools we are rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2015. As we rebuild, we are ensuring safe, reliable access for years to come.
In India, we are installing small water tanks in areas prone to drought. The project has already improved the living conditions of thousands of villagers, including Shunaina Devi, a young mother of five who lives in the remote village of Dema. The tank allows her to store rainwater collected from the wet season and use it to cook, wash clothes, and tend her gardens during the dry season.
Your support will help us continue to provide access to water – and increase health and stability in remote Himalayan villages. Thank you!
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...