November 22 2021
"What a joy to witness all of Karuna's accomplishments, which would have been impossible without all of our donors! The pandemic is still affecting people living in India and Nepal, but they...
Promoting and protecting health is essential to human well-being, as well as to sustainable economic and social development. Still too many people in the world suffer from disease, hunger, poor hygiene, and lack of access to drinking water. According to the United Nations for food and agriculture, there were 815 million people suffering from malnutrition in 2017.
Karuna-Shechen provides medical assistance, quality care, and health education to the most disadvantaged populations in India and Nepal in its medical centers and mobile clinics.
“Health is not only the absence of disease or infirmity, but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” World Health Organization
Goal 3 of Sustainable Development is to “enable everyone to live in good health and promote well-being at any age.” More than two billion people suffer from diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies, and more than half of the world’s population does not have access to the most basic medical care.
Due to lack of access to services, information, and prevention training, health remains a major problem in some regions. A UNICEF study reveals that about one-third of Nepalese children under five are underweight, and that in Bihar, India, more than 80 percent of children do not have access to adequate nutrition. For remote villagers in Nepal, reaching the nearest clinics and getting treatment often means traveling for several days. This limited access to health care can leave medical conditions untreated and often make matters worse.
With the “Yoga for Karuna” movement, Karuna-Shechen and the world of yoga reaffirm and promote their common values and similarities.
Started in India more than 5,000 years ago, yoga connects the body and mind, and thus contributes to good health and well-being. Yoga invites practitioners to take care of themselves and others, and to elevate themselves through body and breathing exercises, ethics, meditation, and nutrition. Practicing yoga does not only mean coordinating movements with body, but also living “yoga” by harmonizing the mind, the body, and the environment.
In yoga, for example, quality nutrition is recommended to ensure spiritual and physical energy, which prevents diseases. In the same vein, Karuna-Shechen’s organic kitchen garden program aims to prevent malnutrition by raising awareness and providing training and resources to grow sustainable gardens.
Karuna-Shechen and yoga share the same approach to health and well-being, based on prevention and self-esteem rather than only treating diseases. Prevention is the best medicine!
Every year, Karuna-Shechen treats over 140,000 people in our medical centers and mobile clinics. To ensure good health and promote well-being, Karuna-Shechen also focuses on providing information and training on good nutrition, first aid, and hygiene practices, with a special focus on young people, girls, and women.
Our organic kitchen gardens program promotes traditional and organic family farming techniques that respect nature, thanks to which families can grow a variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables.
In Nepal’s most remote mountain villages, we train villagers in first aid, giving them the necessary knowledge so they can help their neighbors and save lives. Thus, communities are fully empowered to provide basic health care and help improve health and safety conditions.
Our women’s health and hygiene program educates girls and women through workshops on good hygiene practices, while breaking down stigmas and taboos about their privacy and health. We also make sure that they have access to sanitary napkins. Women who understand the importance of personal hygiene also contribute to better health for their family members.
In our two clinics in India, Karuna-Shechen also offers acupuncture service, an alternative medicine that, like yoga, ensures health and energy. Our two trained doctors often prefer this practice to prescribing drugs. In many cases, such as for chronic pain, between five to seven sessions are enough for a patient to be cured.
Our different programs, all linked to one another, contribute in a holistic way to make vulnerable populations in India and Nepal more aware and involved in their health and well-being.
Beyond the values they share and put into action (What we share with yoga: altruism and harmony), yoga and Karuna-Shechen work towards the same goal of making people happier and healthier.
Yoga and Karuna-Shechen join forces in the “Yoga for Karuna” solidarity movement. Join us to support our projects in India, the birthplace of yoga.
Join a solidarity yoga class, to do good for yourself and others, or make a donation to support our projects in India. THANK YOU!
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