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...
Recently, Karuna-Shechen’s co-founder Matthieu Ricard visited our projects in India. First he traveled to Bihar, where we have been working for 17 years, and then he visited our new programs in Jharkhand. Matthieu invites you to discover this Indian state: its villages, its inhabitants, and the projects we have implemented there since 2014.
Matthieu Ricard: I was very impressed by what our projects have accomplished over the past three years.
The locals face many difficulties as a result of the extensive exploitation of their rich mineral resources (uranium, iron, copper, coal). Despite their poverty and the constant pressure from large companies, these people live with dignity in impeccably-kept villages.
Woman from Mindi Village
Matthieu Ricard: As we have been doing for many years in Bihar, we are offering women literacy courses and free vocational training. Many of the women I saw were over fifty, and were so happy to be learning to read and write! In Jharkhand, we opened 46 informal education centers.
Informal Education Center, Chandal Khiri Village
Basketry Training, Chandal Khiri Village
Matthieu Ricard: I also found that the cooperative and creative play techniques we introduced into preschool classes in twenty government schools have produced astonishing results.
Kindergarten Class, Hidkur Village
Matthieu Ricard: Our first project in Jharkhand was a small medical clinic we opened in 2014 in the town of Hata. Today, more than 13,000 people benefit from the medical care we offer.
Patient, Mobile Medical Clinic, Kuju Village
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...