About us

Read about our story, values, vision and mission. Our structure and sponsors.

ERIKS Development Partner is a child rights organization working in more than 20 countries. Our mission is to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting the rights of the child. We focus mainly on the child’s right to education, health and protection.

Vision and Mission

A better world where the dreams of children come true.

Using the dreams of children as a driving force, ERIKS wants to be part of making the world a better place. Through interventions in the sectors of education, health and protection, we give children and young people around the world opportunity to dream about the future. We want every child to be seen and be taken seriously.

Our Mission

To reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting the rights of the child.
ERIKS is a child rights organization. Based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we fight for children living in poverty and vulnerability and their chances of a better life, now and in the future.

Our work is mainly directed towards vulnerable children in developing countries. Together with local implementing partners, we run about one hundred projects in over 20 countries around the world. Our focus is the rights of the child to education, health and protection.

Sweden is still an important arena for our work. Here we support children in socially disadvantaged environments. And the concept of our founder, Erik Nilsson, to encourage children in hospital, lives on.

Values

ERIKS’ values rest on three pillars

Erik’s spirit

We bears the stamp of the life situation of our founder Erik Nilsson. He suffered severely from haemophilia but his heart and sight was turned in the direction of other people’s needs. We strive to work in accordance with the spirit of Erik Nilsson. This implies showing empathy, recognising opportunities, being creative and deeply conscious of our responsibility to manage the contributions and trust of our donors.

Christian values

The vision and mission of ERIKS are based on Christian values stating that:

  • All human beings are loved by God and have equal value.
  • All human beings are entitled to a dignified and fulfilling life.
  • All human beings are responsible for the earth, to use and not misuse it

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UN Declaration on Human Rights (UNHR) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) further define the universal conditions which children in our world have the right to live in, and that ERIKS is contributing to. Together with the Christian worldview, these documents establish the equal and unique value of every individual, irrespective of sex, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, philosophy and religion.

History

ERIKS Development Partner was founded by a child to help other children and his legacy lives on to this day.

ERIK Nilsson was born in 1929 in the region of Småland, Sweden. He was suffering from haemophilia and spent extended periods of his life in hospital.

But instead of feeling pity for himself, he started sending greetings and small gifts to encourage other sick children. He collected postal addresses by listening to a radio programme where letters from children were read out. By 1946, when Eriks was seventeen years old, his charity work was established. A couple of years later, Eriks was interviewed in this weekly radio programme and his work became known to the public. Gifts started to pour in from people around the country of Sweden.

Erik, known as Uncle Erik, died in 1966 only 37 years old. But the work he started continues and today thousands of vulnerable children and families around the world are given an opportunity for education and livelihood and are able to shape their own future.

Organisation

ERIKS Development Partner is a child rights organization working in more than 20 countries.

We work for children’s rights to education, health and protection together with 70 partners in Sweden and abroad. Local partners have the advantage of knowing the culture and context in which they work. They stay for the long haul and build local skills. This strengthens the credibility of ongoing interventions. In Mali, Uganda and Cambodia, ERIKS’ regional offices contribute to the work locally.

Donors

We work with several donors to ensure a stable economic base.

Individual donors

A large and important share of ERIKS’ revenues comes from individual donors. About 30 percent of ERIKS’ annual revenue is gathered through donations.

ERIKS’ Second Hand

Approximately 20 percent of the total revenues are generated from ERIKS’ Second Hand Shops. There are just above 60 Second Hand Shops in Sweden. Most of these shops are jointly owned with local churches and/or associations who share the financial surplus with ERIKS.

Swedish Mission Council / Sida

SMC is a forum for churches and Christian organizations working to provide opportunities for people and societies to change. SMC channel funds from Sida to its member organizations and ERIKS annually receive around 30 percent of our total revenues from SMC.

Swedish Postcode Lottery

ERIKS is a beneficiary of the Swedish Postcode Lottery since 2009. The Lottery’s supports organizations working with in areas such as human rights, health and environment.

Radiohjälpen

Radiohjälpen is a foundation operated by the Swedish Television, the Swedish radio and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company. They work with fundraising, information and financial support to organizations.

Annual reports

Read about what we have achieved throughout the world.

You can read our latest annual report here.