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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.

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The vision and work of Karuna-Shechen remains anchored in "altruism in action." See our annual report and discover how, together, we're building a more just and humane world

A Focus on Prevention

Karuna-Shechen focuses on prevention to preserve health and promote the well-being of rural populations in India and Nepal.

#IAmChange: Women at the Heart of our Actions

Karuna-Shechen's programs help and empower women to become key players for change and a true source of inspiration.

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

Beyond donations: expanding solidarity through action

June 25 2019

The ultimate goal of an altruistic behavior is to do good without being self-serving or differentiating between people. We can all accomplish this by taking into consideration other people's needs, in...

Growing the Circle of Compassion: Our Altruistic Beneficiaries

June 19 2019

When we touch people’s lives through our humanitarian work in India and Nepal, we are not only improving conditions for the short term -- we are also planting seeds of altruism that continue to grow...

From the Beginning: Rooted in Altruism

June 4 2019

Karuna-Shechen brings people together from around the world to act for the common purpose of building a more just and altruistic world. How it started? Our founder Matthieu Ricard was born in Fr...

Our Holistic Approach: How we Put Altruism in Action

May 29 2019

Karuna-Shechen has developed a creative approach to helping vulnerable communities become sustainable and self-reliant. We begin with compassion and build on local strengths and knowledge. Rather than...


May 15 2019

Altruism is a powerful uniting force. An altruistic attitude brings about positive transformation in our own lives, as well as to society as a whole. During the month of June, we invite you to prom...

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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...

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