Hutan news: orangutan bridges

Early September, Nick and Debbi (from Chester Zoo) spent two weeks in Sukau to assist in our efforts to reconnect isolated orangutan populations. Two bridges built using the webbing material from Chester were erected above two tributaries to allow for the animals to cross what had became an impassable barrier following the destruction of large […]

Hutan News: Jenny 5th baby

On September 19th, we were very excited and happy (some of us cried) when Jenny gave birth to a young male, her fifth known offspring at our study site. Jenny has been followed at the KOCP field research site since 1998 and is very well known to all of us and very well habituated to […]

International Animal Rescue Event

On Thursday 5th September, I had the pleasure of attending an event held in aid of International Animal Rescue (IAR) at the George Club in London’s Mayfair.   As representatives of Shining Hope Foundation, it is important that we maintain strong links with organisations that are close to our vision of promoting sustainability and harmony […]

Leather and meat without killing animals

This enlightening Ted Talk by Andras Forgacs, tissue engineering advocate, explains how by 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world’s population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods. Maintaining this herd will take a huge, potentially unsustainable toll on the planet. What if there were a different way?   He demonstrates […]

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 […]