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.