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...
As part of our Menstrual Health and Hygiene program in India, Karuna-Shechen is launching a new pilot project that will improve the lives of thousands of women.
We have selected 15 destitute women to come to our vocational training centre in Dumohan, Gaya, to produce locally-made sanitary pads that are both affordable and hygienic.
Today, it is estimated that 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. Lack of access to affordable and hygienic sanitary material and disposal options leave many women to manage their periods in ineffective, uncomfortable, and unhygienic ways.
Karuna-Shechen has been subsidizing the cost of sanitary pads for the rural poor and school girls since 2013. By hiring local women to produce our own pads made with our own machine, we will soon be able to offer women an inexpensive product.
This work will also provide a source of additional income (2,000-3,000 rupees each month) for our employees who come from deprived economic villages in Bihar.
We are teaching girls and their parents about the importance of good menstrual practices in our partner villages and local schools.
Many girls and women miss school and work every month because they do not have access to sanitary pads.
A majority of under-privileged women have very little knowledge about what is happening to their bodies. A Unicef study revealed that 10% of girls in India believe that menstruation is a disease.
By breaking taboos and offering low-cost pads to Indian women, our program aims to improve the health and lives of thousands of poor Indian women and girls. Join us in our efforts!
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...