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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.



Karuna-Shechen works with local partners in under-served Himalayan communities to build new schools and increase the quality of education in existing schools.

Solar Power

Solar Energy

Empowering illiterate and low-caste women to become Solar Engineers, transforming the social and economic life of their villages.  


Health Services in Nepal

Bringing free medicine, consultations, and preventative health education to Nepal's most under-served communities.

Community Empowerment

Empowering communities to become active participants in local development.




News from our Solar Grandmothers in India

Our newly qualified Indian solar engineers have recently returned from the Barefoot College training course and are already installing electricity in the remote village of Bhupnagar, India, (popul...

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Expansion into Jharkhand, by Tarek Toubale

June 25 2014

In India, Karuna-Shechen has operated as a humanitarian agency in the state of Bihar for the last twelve years. At the end of 2013, it was decided to expand our activities into other regions of India ...

An Altruistic Triathlete

June 16 2014

In a few days, Steve Stievenart will be the first Frenchman to participate in the “Arch to Arc” triathlon. He will run, swim and cycle the 475 km between London and Paris to raise public aware...

Providing Quality Education for All

June 10 2014

Sarita, 10 year old, loves going to school. She attends grade 3 at Pancha Kanya Primary, a small government-funded community school located in a remote region of the Kavre district, Nepal. Two ...

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