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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.

Ruby Valley : land of life

With landscapes of rare beauty, the Ruby Valley is an area where different communities live together in harmony with animals in a natural environment.

Women, LEADERS of change!

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, discover the actions of Karuna in favor of change.


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

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!    


Latest News

The Ruby Valley, land of life and interdependence

July 6 2021

While the Ruby Valley is a region of scenic beauty, it owes much of its charm to the cohabitation of humans with other species and their environment. The valley is populated by more animals than peopl...

Ruby Valley – a jewel at the heart of the Himalayas

June 29 2021

Dominated by the Himalayan reliefs, the Ruby valley offers landscapes of a rare beauty. Named after the precious stone, as deposits are said to be found there, it is a mountainous region in central Ne...


June 14 2021

For more than two months, India and Nepal have been ravaged by the second wave of Covid-19. The first wave having already greatly impacted these two countries, Karuna has put in place several emergenc...

Water issues in India: a response adapted to each village

May 31 2021

For many years, Karuna-Shechen has been developing the programme Small money, big change in Northern India - Bihar and Jharkhand. Its aim is to improve the daily lives of people by offering them indiv...

Fighting against the Covid epidemic

May 4 2021

The new wave of the virus shakes India and Nepal   The situation in India is worsening by the day as the second wave of coronavirus hits the country hard. The official death toll in India is ...

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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...