Our impact

For 20 years, Karuna-Shechen has been working to break the cycle of extreme poverty and to develop the full potential of the poorest women, men and children in India, Nepal and Tibet.

The families we support live in remote rural areas where they have little or no access to health services, quality education or economic opportunities.

We support these people by empowering them, to be agents of their own development and enhance their resilience. This is how they move towards a better future.

More than 446,000 people
and 17,500 animals benefited
from our support in 2021.

Our programs

Health & hygiene

Saving lives, alleviating suffering and preserving the health of the most vulnerable.
In India as in Nepal, the regions in which we work have limited material,
financial and geographic access to health care

39,600 medical consultations
19,700 women educated about menstrual hygiene
17,500 animals
General medecine
Care for the whole family
Specialty medecine
Responding to a variety of conditions
Mobile clinics
Bringing care to remote areas
Using technology to find the cause of pathologies
Women and children
Raising awareness and addressing their specific needs
Raising awareness of hygiene and building toilets
Veterinary care
Treating and ameliorating the suffering of animals
Helping in crisis situations and building resilience


Strengthening access to quality education for all.
Education is not only a means of improving living conditions, but also a tool for the overall development of the individual. It is a key factor in promoting equality and autonomy.

9,700 children supported
in their schooling
6,000 children
in kindergarten
220 adults taught
to read and write
Early childhood development
Educating with joy, cultivating values of cooperation and sharing
School support
Rehabilitate, provide materials and educational tools
Adult literacy
Learning reading, counting and other essential skills
Teacher training
Supporting teachers in teaching methods
Building futures
Helping teens build a better future

Food security

Fighting malnutrition while respecting the environment.
Malnutrition encompasses both undernutrition and overnutrition, two phenomena that coexist in India and Nepal, countries that are currently experiencing a two-speed growth.

35,000 households
vegetable garden
350 families
use drip irrigation
9.87 t of food for
the Covid emergency
Organic vegetable gardens
Enabling quality food based on traditional and responsible agriculture
Drip irrigation
Irrigate crops all year round while respecting ressources
Water management
Facilitating access to water through the creation of ponds and wells
Emergency response
Helping in crisis situations and building resilience

Economic development

Empowerment to be agents of change. People in rural and mountainous regions of India and Nepal lack job opportunities, training, and support.

5 women
e-rickshaw drivers
180 financial grants
for a micro-business
18 women solar
energy entrepreneurs
Training in responsible agriculture
Securing an income through creative arts
Information technology
Providing access to technical and practical knowledge
Sustainable technologies
Training for tomorrow's jobs
Providing financial support for business creation


Promoting practices respectful of nature and life. The effects of climate change are already at work in our regions of intervention severe droughts and torrential rains follow one another, strongly impacting the poorest populations, who have no means to adapt.

35,000 trees
13,600 jute bags
600 households
with solar energy
Ecological approaches
Raising awareness and promoting responsible practices
Solar electrification
Offering sustainable, responsible and healthy energy
Tree planting
Fight against global warming and preserve biodiversity

Partner projects

Supporting innovative programs of inspiring organisations.
Since 2020, Karuna-Shechen has been committed to supporting and co-constructing innovative and collaborative projects that are aligned with our missions and values.

90 people trained
in resilience tools
10,650 beneficiaries
of better health
8 social entrepreneurs
finacially supported
With Mindfulness Solidaire and the SamuSocial de Paris, caring for those who care
Emergency support
With Calcutta Rescue, providing access to basic health services
Supporting entrepreneurship
With the Loden Foundation, providing economic opportunities

Intervention strategies

Our programs are based on intervention methods that guide our actions and permeate every employee in the field.