Karuna-Shechen Karuna-Shechen


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.

Alleviating Poverty Through Altruism and Action


Although Karuna-Shechen was officially established in 2000, the organization's roots trace back to the 1980's, when co-founders Matthieu Ricard and Rabjam Rinpoche initiated a number of small programs to improve living conditions in Himalayan communities. As more communities reached out for assistance, they created a branch of Karuna-Shechen in France, in 2004, to help fund these projects. Friends and benefactors in the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and later in Belgium, England, and Monaco, opened regional branches and affiliates. In the field, Karuna-Shechen established an effective collaborative team of trained workers from the local population and qualified foreign volunteers, working with local NGOs and clinics in India and Nepal which serve as hubs for the projects.

Today, Karuna-Shechen serves nearly 400,000 people in India, Nepal, and Tibet each year. Driven by the notion of "compassion in action," the organization seeks to uplift communities out of poverty through programs in healthcare, education, vocational training, and access to resources such as clean water and solar electricity. Karuna-Shechen's work is anchored in several core values: gender parity, community empowerment, and preservation of local resources and cultures. Over the years, this organization's vision has remained unchanged: It remains based in community engagement and empowerment, grassroots cooperation, and respect for unique cultural identities.

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