Bunker Roy wins Global Citizen’s Award

        India environmentalist Bunker Roy and Pakistan’s teenage education activist Malala Yousufzai were declared winners of this year’s of the prestigious ‘Clinton Global Citizens Awards’. Roy is the founder of the Barefoot College, which has been providing solutions to problems in rural communities for more than 40 years. As a result of […]

Do you have the gene of generosity?

Since 2010, we can explain the biological basis of altruism. Because it does exist, it is called COMT-Val and was identified by researchers at the University of bonn, Germany.   A legacy of generosity   The university asked students to memorize series of numbers in exchange for 5 euros to keep or give to humanitarian […]

New Partnership Launched

The Shining Hope Foundation, a UK charity that supports sustainable social and environmental projects, has launched a new collaboration with humanitarian charity Karuna-Shechen, to help some of the most vulnerable communities in Northern India.   With the help of the Shining Hope Foundation, Karuna-Shechen, founded by world-famous Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, is now able to […]

Our story so far…

 Our story so far…   Shining Hope Foundation has come a long way since its launch in July 2010. But one thing we have been committed to from the start has been our defining vision and philosophy – that the projects we support across the world should take a holistic approach to safeguarding local wildlife, […]

Matthieu Ricard in France

    On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters   Matthieu Ricard’s new book, a selected anthology of some of the most profound and inspiring Buddhist teachings gathered by Matthieu over the course of his life, is now available. It can be purchased online here. All of Matthieu’s profits from […]

7 billion of us

KarmaTube is a project of ServiceSpace, an all- volunteer run non-profit organization. Their aim is to enable individuals to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them. Together, they hope to “be the change we wish to see in the world”.   This week they have shared a video about all of us. We […]


KindSpring was founded in the summer of 2003 with the idea of playing  kindness pranks on each other instead of mean jokes. What if people left an anonymous calling card behind inviting the recipient to pay-it-forward and keep the spirit going? Within one month the first set of Smile Cards had been printed and were […]

Small Money, BIG CHANGE!

Recognizing that the communities we serve are the experts on their own needs, small money, BIG CHANGE is a development program that empowers local communities to be active participants at the center of all local development decisions and solutions. This approach, used in all of our village outreach programs in India, is founded in the […]

Save water

According to the Guardian, it takes 100 litres of water to produce a cup of coffee. And that’s before any water has actually been added to your coffee. We probably drank about 20 billion cups of coffee last year in the UK. And – irony of ironies – it takes something like four litres of water […]