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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

[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...

Time has come to act for the preservation of our world

June 5 2020

During the unique period of lockdown, environmental experts have noted a sharp pollution decrease, a return of the animals to their natural habitat and a more luxuriant nature. These images have had a...

The end of a period : deconstructing menstruation taboos

May 28 2020

On this International Menstrual Hygiene Day, Karuna-Shechen reaffirms its commitment empowering women in India and Nepal so that they have access to a better life. The menstrual cycle - a natural but...

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...

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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...