Alice Project Christmas Letter

  Alice is now an adult, according to the past parameter of the age of majority. 21 years old! 21 candles to mark a long and sometimes difficult path. From the 75 initial students to the 1100 present ones. From the tiny three-classroom school building in Sarnath to the present three-school structures. The schools are […]

Training female rickshaw drivers

SUGIYA, OUR FIRST DRIVER Sugiya Devi is the first electric rickshaw driver  trained and employed by Karuna-Shechen. She is from Bodhgaya, Bihar, where 40% of the population live under the poverty line and only 34% of women are literate. Before becoming a driver, Sugiya’s life was difficult and hard as she struggled to provide food for […]

Nepal newsfeed: June 2015

JUNE 1ST, 2015 The relief operations are still in full swing. Karuna-Shechen is continuing to reach as many remote villages as possible to help isolated communities in desperate need of medical, relief and food aid. Nepal continues to be rocked daily by 3-4 aftershocks and many districts are still affected by small landslides. As a […]

Building community toilets in Indian Villages

Did you know? Half of India’s population of 595 million people does not have access to toilets. As a result, they have no choice but to defect outside. This practice puts millions of people, children in particular, at risks of contracting diseases, such as hepatitis. Furthermore, when women and girls relieve themselves outside, they may […]

Nepal Earthquake: May 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 1ST: – A medical team reached the remote village of Chilaune in Dhading district. They are also treating people from the surrounding villages of Kakre and Karki Gau. Villagers in this area had not yet received any medical help. – Houses in these villages have suffered extensive damage and the food supply is very low. […]

Nepal Earthquake: April 2015

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 – TUESDAY, APRIL 28: – A skeleton medical team manned the Shechen Clinic and Hospice in Baudha in rotation and managed triage. – The doctors and other medical staff are mobilized in their own residential localities to address emergency needs there. This is normal procedure and they were prepared for it.  In a disaster, doctors […]

Interview of Nepal field director

Sanjeev Pradhan is Karuna-Shechen’s Director of Field Operations and Nepal Country Director. He has been coordinating our relief effort in Nepal since the earthquake struck on Saturday April 25. In this interview, he explains how Karuna-Shechen is helping those affected by this terrible tragedy.   What was Karuna-Shechen’s intitial response ?In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake […]

Nepal earthquake relief operation short and long-term

Karuna-Shechen has followed the pyramidal pattern that begins with a core operation and then rapidly spirals into a wide-spread delivery mechanism. They successfully managed a near million-dollar Nepal program with 4 core Karuna staff. This is only possible with effective networking and partnering.  After having secured the Boudhanath area, which was the core designated priority […]

Relief in Nepal

The Shechen medical Clinic and the nearby Shechen Monastery have not suffered any major damage. This means that they have been able to assist the injured and shelter the homeless. All casualties in the area around the Shechen clinic were rushed to the nearest trauma centers and, as planned, Shechen Monastery compound is now a […]