About Us


Founded by Matthieu Ricard, Karuna-Shechen is a charitable non-profit organization rooted in the ideals of altruism and compassion in action.

Each year, over 380,000 people benefit from our projects in northern India, Nepal, and eastern Tibet

Our Vision

Rooted in the ideal of “compassion in action,” we serve others with joy and determination by cultivating altruism in our hearts and actions.

We strive to reduce suffering in the Himalayan region and work toward a fairer and more compassionate world. We believe that communities can be lifted out of poverty, that change is possible, and that the well-being of every individual, regardless of race, gender, class, or caste, is essential.

Our Work

We provide vulnerable and disadvantaged populations access to health care, education and vocational training, clean water, solar electricity, and other sustainable solutions. Our programs are interconnected, working together to provide short-term support that fosters long-term change

Our Strategy

We believe that building on local strengths and knowledge is the most efficient way to respond to the specific needs and aspirations of our beneficiaries. Our comprehensive development strategy is based on active community participation, women’s empowerment, and the preservation of local resources and culture.

We implement our strategy by working with a network of grassroots organizations and partners, as well as local teams of experienced professionals.


Did you know?

Karuna-Shechen’s name expresses its mission while paying homage to its roots:
‘Karuna’ means compassion in Sanskrit
and ‘Shechen’ is the name of a major monastery in Tibet.

In Numbers

Our total expenditure in 2016 for our programs in India and Nepal was 2.1 million USD. Administrative and operational costs for work in Nepal and India represent 9% of our global budget. The following charts do not More

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Our Team

Over the years, we have established an effective collaborative team of local professionals, grassroots partners, and foreign volunteers who share our values. Together, we fund, initiate, and manage humanitarian and development projects in northern India, Nepal and More

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Mission Statement

OUR MISSION We strive to reduce inequalities in the himalayan regions and work toward a fairer and more compassionate world. We trust that communities can be lifted out of poverty, that change is possible, and that the More

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Our Story

Karuna-Shechen began its work in the mid-1980s when Matthieu Ricard (its founder) and Rabjam Rinpoche (co-founder) initiated a number of small programs to improve the living conditions of the Himalayan people. The programs were designed to address More

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Contact Us

FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING DONATIONS Please contact : donation@karuna-shechen.org OUR TEAM IN THE FIELD Please do not write to the field directly to apply for jobs or volunteering, check positions HERE Nepal nepal@karuna-shechen.org India india@karuna-shechen.org OUR INTERNATIONAL BRANCHES More

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