Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund
The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund (Fastenopfer), a Swiss Catholic aid agency, promotes development projects aimed at increasing self-empowerment in poor countries. It also conducts outreach efforts in Switzerland regarding poverty and political issues in developing countries. In nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Brazil, the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund works to strengthen local communities, establish food security and provide for other basic needs, resolve conflicts, and support human rights. Its projects also include strategies to combat HIV/AIDS and promote gender equality.