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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.

Women for Change

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

Wishing You a Happy New Year

Together, let’s continue our beautiful work in 2020 and beyond!

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

World Biodiversity Day – Facing the emergency together!

May 22 2020

PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY MEANS PRIORITIZING ALTRUISM OVER SELFISHNESS The diversity of living species on Earth is fascinating. We appreciate its beauty and, since the beginnings of science, have so...

#COVID-19: Supporting Nepal five years after the Earthquake

May 12 2020

[Our experts have the floor] Interview with Shalav Rana, Karuna Shechen’s country director in Nepal. Shalav Rana is the country director of Karuna-Shechen in Nepal. He hasover 15 years of experi...

#COVID19 in India – The migration crisis and an uncertain future

April 29 2020

20 years of rural exodus: between opportunity and illusion Over the past two decades, India has witnessed a massive exodus from rural areas. The last census in 2011 showed that the population was s...

Capture it, share it & take action!

April 28 2020

« Wonderment at the wilderness alone will not solve the ecological crisis, but it will, I hope, engender awareness and respect. » ~ Matthieu Ricard x We challenged you on Tuesday, April 21s...

World Earth Day – From Inspiration to Action

April 21 2020

  « We live in a fundamentally interdependent world. Both our well-being and our ill-being are built with others, through others. » - Matthieu Ricard  The beauty of our world and the bea...

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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...