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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.


In India and Nepal, the health situation is becoming increasingly alarming. Karuna-Shechen has organized an emergency operation for the most destitute in facing the crisis. Help them, make a difference.

Women for Change

This International Women’s Day, empower women and girls to tap their potential and pursue healthier, happier, and more equal lives.  

Our Environment Our Future

Help Karuan-Shechen improve well-being, raise awareness and reduce the impact of climate change.  Together, lets build a greener world!

Video: Matthieu Ricard’s Life Work

The Monk and the Philosopher was published a little over twenty years ago and provided the funding to start Karuna-Shechen! Matthieu Ricard shares the story.    


Latest News

[Event] Committed Altruism with Matthieu Ricard, Xavier Emmanuelli and Ilios Kotsou.

September 2 2020

« Altruism is not a luxury, but a necessity. It is also the most pragmatic way to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Altruism is indeed not only the noblest state of mind of the human being, bu...

Discovering, sharing and cooperating to change society

August 31 2020

Karuna-Shechen is committed, since 2000, to provide access to quality education to the greatest number of people. We believe in a more altruistic world and education is a tool of choice to encourage t...

An altruistic education for an altruistic world

August 31 2020

Karuna-Shechen integrates the practice of solidarity and compassion in its education programs. These are not only keys to solving many societal problems in the short, medium and long term, but also a ...

[A day in the shoes of] a program coordinator in Nepal

July 8 2020

Rajnandan Yadav has been the coordinator of Karuna-Shechen health programs in Nepal since 2014. Today he talks about his activities and how the #COVID19 crisis is affecting his work.  Rajnandan Ya...

#CovidEmergency: help them, make a difference!

June 18 2020

In India and Nepal, the situation related to Coronavirus is now very difficult for the most disadvantaged populations. Karuna-Shechen is responding with an emergency operation in order to provide hel...

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Discover our 2017 Annual Report!

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...