April 12 2021
Vocational training is central to our goal of empowering the poor in India. Started in 2014 with a few workshops, the initiative has quickly grown into a full-fledged program that is operating success...
Recently, Karuna-Shechen’s co-founder Matthieu Ricard visited our projects in India. First he traveled to Bihar, where we have been working for 17 years, and then he visited our new programs in Jharkhand. Matthieu invites you to discover this Indian state: its villages, its inhabitants, and the projects we have implemented there since 2014.
Matthieu Ricard: I was very impressed by what our projects have accomplished over the past three years.
The locals face many difficulties as a result of the extensive exploitation of their rich mineral resources (uranium, iron, copper, coal). Despite their poverty and the constant pressure from large companies, these people live with dignity in impeccably-kept villages.
Woman from Mindi Village
Matthieu Ricard: As we have been doing for many years in Bihar, we are offering women literacy courses and free vocational training. Many of the women I saw were over fifty, and were so happy to be learning to read and write! In Jharkhand, we opened 46 informal education centers.
Informal Education Center, Chandal Khiri Village
Basketry Training, Chandal Khiri Village
Matthieu Ricard: I also found that the cooperative and creative play techniques we introduced into preschool classes in twenty government schools have produced astonishing results.
Kindergarten Class, Hidkur Village
Matthieu Ricard: Our first project in Jharkhand was a small medical clinic we opened in 2014 in the town of Hata. Today, more than 13,000 people benefit from the medical care we offer.
Patient, Mobile Medical Clinic, Kuju Village
March 12 2021
In November 2020, Karuna launched a major call to action as part of our solidarity movement: Action For Karuna. More than 70 people got involved by organizing virtual or face-to-face events, and thank...
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...