Karuna-Shechen Switzerland

Karuna-Shechen was founded in 2000 by Matthieu Ricard in order to implement humanitarian projects in the areas of health, education, and community development for disadvantaged populations in northern India, Nepal and Tibet.

Responding to the needs of the populations we serve, Karuna-Shechen also focuses on local resources and supporting projects that foster long-term sustainability.

In 2017, a Swiss Karuna-Shechen branch was created, in the form of a non-profit, secular and apolitical association. Headquartered in Geneva, it is recognized as a public utility in Switzerland.

Our commitment

Karuna-Shechen Switzerland follows the mission defined by Karuna-Shechen, and our activities are guided by the core values of altruism, compassion in action, interdependence and benevolence.

The association organizes meetings, conferences, events and concerts to raise awareness and generate donations to finance humanitarian projects in the Himalayan region.

Karuna-Shechen Switzerland also works to convey the spirit and values of its founder by  promoting times of sharing and reflection, both on the ground and between the various international associations.

Our team

The team of Karuna-Shechen Switzerland is composed of volunteers who share the vision of the association and work in accordance with its governing bodies.

Our team, from left to right: Delphine Oltramare (President), Matthieu Ricard (Honorary President), Jon Schmidt (Secretary), Catherine Lalive d’Epinay (Treasurer).

To support Karuna-Shechen Switzerland

You can support Karuna-Shechen’s projects by donating in Swiss Francs (CHF).

Karuna-Shechen Switzerland is an association under Swiss law following rules such as Articles 60 and the Swiss Civil Code. It is tax-exempt, and donations are tax deductible under  section 37 of the IRPA.

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Our news

Following the success of her concert in support of the charitable organizations OneAction and Karuna-Shechen Switzerland in 2017, the famous pianist Gabriela Montero is returning to Geneva for a world premiere with her brand new group.

On Saturday 21 September 2019 at 8 pm at Victoria Hall, you are invited to attend the concert,  Inventions”

Tickets are available here: http://billetterie-culture.ville-ge.ch/spectacle?id_spectacle=2234

All proceeds will be donated to the two organizations equally in order to support their charitable projects.