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...
Worldwide, more than 796 million people are illiterate — and two thirds of them are women. In India and Nepal, the lack of access to education and training perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
Investing in women’s education means investing in present and future generations. Studies show:
* Children of educated women stay in school longer.
* Women’s education is the most effective way to reduce child mortality.
With your support, Karuna-Shechen provides women in remote villages access to literacy classes and teaches income-generating skills such as embroidery, basketry, candle making, and much more.
Our courses support attendees by gaining more confidence, as we help women gather the resources to participate in the economic life of their community and to become financially independent.
“These last nine months have been the most challenging of my life. I have been taking literacy classes in my village six days a week. Now I can write my name, and I know how to count to 50. I even know the alphabet in English. I do not have words to describe the feeling of pride I feel.” Meena Mahto, Literacy Beneficiary, India.
“Now I can read and write Nepali. It’s as if someone has opened my eyes. A whole new world has opened up to me!” Rajkumari Lama, Literacy Beneficiary, Nepal.
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...