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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.

What we will accomplish in 2018

A new school, a new clinic, hundreds of homes powered by solar... discover what we will do, together, this year.


Our services to disadvantaged communities include access to quality education, health care, clean water, solar electricity and other sustainable solutions that improve their standard of living.

Videos: Learn How We Work

Check out our latest videos and learn how your contributions are helping communities build a better future for themselves.  

Matthieu Ricard

Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer, Matthieu Ricard founded Karuna-Shechen to address the inequalities and suffering he observed in India, Nepal and Tibet.


Latest News

Balwan Chantyal: Our Solar Power Partner

January 13 2018

A broad smile lights up the face of a man who helps spread light to some of Nepal's most remote villages. Balwan Chantyal is the director of Ulyalo Ghar, our partner in Nepal for solar power instal...

Beautiful Turquoise Ocean: Our Karuna Girl

January 13 2018

In his latest work Un demi-siècle dans l’Himalaya (Half a Century in the Himalayas), Matthieu Ricard recalls his two encounters with Drouk-kar Tsho, a little Tibetan girl whose gentle smile has bec...

Sustainable Strategy for Working with Indian Villages

January 9 2018

Karuna-Shechen is tackling the challenge of how to scale our services in India to meet the growing demand.  Just five years ago we helped a dozen remote villages in rural India; today, we are working...

A School for Children in Remote Taplejung

January 6 2018

As part of our mission to provide access to education, Karuna-Shechen plans to build one school every two years in a remote area of Nepal. Previously we built a school hostel in Humla and a school in ...

Joyful New Year from Matthieu Ricard

December 30 2017

Matthieu Ricard sends you a joyful and happy new year message with a wish for compassion in 2018. See what we will accomplish together and make a donation to help make our work possible!...

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Why Donate Monthly to Karuna-Shechen?

A SUSTAINABLE AND LASTING IMPACT Your recurring monthly donations make a sustainable and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of vulnerable people in India, Nepal, and Tibet, and provide us wit...

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