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Karuna-Shechen, founded by Matthieu Ricard in 2000, provides health care, education, and social services for the under-served people of India, Nepal, and Tibet.

20 years of altruism in action

Karuna is a family of people united and committed for 20 years to build a more altruistic world.

Action For Karuna

Karuna-Shechen launches Action for Karuna. From November 2 to 8, 2020, put your talents to work for solidarity or discover a new discipline.

Women for Change

This International Women’s Day, empower women and girls to tap their potential and pursue healthier, happier, and more equal lives.

Our Environment Our Future

Help Karuan-Shechen improve well-being, raise awareness and reduce the impact of climate change.  Together, lets build a greener world!    


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20 years of altruism in action

November 26 2020

20 years of altruism in action. 270,000 people helped each year. Ten of thousands of supporters.  Karuna is a family of people united and committed for 20 years to build a more altruistic world...

Altruism in Action in Bhutan

November 20 2020

“One of the essential components of happiness can be summed up in three words: altruism, love and compassion. How can we find happiness for ourselves when those around us are constantly suffering? M...

Generosity in action

November 13 2020

Back in pictures on Action for Karuna and its week of solidarity held from November 2 to 8. 65 teams and project leaders mobilized to bring altruism to life and raise funds, supported by more than 1 ...

Helping more and better: a new clinic in Jharkhand

November 9 2020

Jharkhand, the "Land of Forests", is a state in North-East India, born from a separation with the neighboring state of Bihar in 2000. Though rich in nature and landscapes, this region is afflicted by ...

Technicians, mothers and entrepreneurs: the new profile of Nepalese women

October 28 2020

“Karuna-Shechen breaks taboos on what rural women can and cannot do, thus changing attitudes. As Dalai Lama often points out, we more than ever need empathy, altruism and compassion: that is why it ...

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Discover our 2017 Annual Report!

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...