Together, we change the world.
ERIKS Development Partner - 2013 Annual Report
CONTENTS The President and the Secretary-General ... 3 This is ERIKS Development Partner .............. 5 International Programmes ............................ 6 Education .......................................................... 8 Health ............................................................... 12 Protection ........................................................ 18 Livelihood ........................................................ 22 Disasters .......................................................... 24
ERIKS Development Partner was founded by a child
Fundraising and Communication .............. 28 Commitment .................................................. 30 Second Hand ................................................... 32
to help other children.
Governance ..................................................... 36
2013 Annual Report ................................... 37
Income Statement .............................................. 41 Balance Sheet ..................................................... 42 Cash Flow Analysis .............................................. 43 Additional Information ....................................... 44 Notes .................................................................. 45 KT
Audit Report ....................................................... 50 YCKERI TR
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Financial Report ............................................. 41
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.
Administrative Report .................................. 37
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 Erik was seventeen years old, his charity work was established.
A couple of years later, Eriks was interviewed on the radio and his work became known to the public. Gifts started to pour in from people around the country of Sweden.
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The President and Secretary-General Speaking
Preserving your trust Record results. Never before have so many given so much support to ERIKS. Revenues have increased by more than 20% in just one year!
Thanks to your generosity, we have the chance to participate and assume this responsibility through concrete action! So, we feel infinitely grateful. Your monthly donations, sponsorship, donated goods, hours of volunteer work in secondhand stores – these together create the foundation that sustains ERIKS’ work.
We are so proud and grateful! Every donation is evidence that an individual believes in ERIK. Every donation is an active choice based on commitment and a genuine desire for change. At the same time, there are mixed feelings. How we wish that our work weren’t necessary! That all children’s rights were respected; that their needs were met; that houses were filled with laughter; that no child need to experience pain, fear or vulnerability. That the children’s voices were heard. But we’re not there, yet. Of course, there are success stories, with accounts of transformed lives – but the pressing needs are often too obvious. Natural disasters, structural injustice, everyday cruelty. And that’s where we have a responsibility. We have a collective responsibility to children, regardless of where in the world they find themselves.
To this list, we add donations from businesses and bequests; support from the Swedish International Development Agency; and proceeds from the Children of the World Campaign, Post Code Lottery and Radiohjälpen. In short, we are well equipped to further develop our work in 2014. Thanks for believing in us and our work! Together, we keep bringing children’s dreams to life – and supporting those children who never dared to dream. Cecilia Hjorth Attefall, President Bengt Swerlander, Secretary-General
photo: Patrik Svedberg
2013, was a record year for ERIKS. Never before have we had such great potential to help vulnerable children. In total, we received over 120 million Swedish SEK in the year, representing a 24% increase over income in the previous year. The increased resources come mainly from the general public, more bequests, SMC/SIDA and the growing number of ERIKS second hand stores. At the end of this year, we count 56 stores! Thanks to increased donations, ERIKS has been able to increase support for a range of
projects - and to form new partnerships. In short, ERIKS currently works for children’s rights and participation through 100 different projects in 25 countries, including Sweden. The work focuses on health, education and protection, as well as families’ livelihoods. Our work is mostly long term and contributes to local social development. In addition, more and more people choose to support ERIKS’ interventions for people who have been affected by natural disasters and conflicts. In connection with the typhoon
in the Philippines, together with individuals and second hand stores, we were able to raise five million Swedish SEK. Our costs remain low, even as we have been strengthening the organization. An important motivator, and evidence that our quality work gives results, is the PWC award that ERIKS received in 2013: Annual Report of the year in the NGO sector.
Foto: Pelle Wahlgren
Girls at a road in Myanmar. Families in this area subsist by collecting firewood. PHoto: Bengt Swerlander
ERIKS changes the world by giving life to children’s dreams Our vision 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 We combat 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 25 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.
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. ERIKS be §ars 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.
We strive for sustainable development. At all times. Sustainable development is about satisfying the needs today, without jeopardizing the conditions for future generations. For us, the word sustainibility carries an extra dimension. We are helping people living under poor conditions to raise their standard to an acceptable level. At the same time, we should bring them knowledge and skills to ensure that their improved livelihood activities are sustainable in the long run. So that also their children and grandchildren are able to earn a living in the location where they live.
Our Values The vision and mission of ERIKS are based on Christian values stating that: • All human beings have been created by God with equal and inalienable value. • All human beings are entitled to a life in dignity. • Our world has been created by God in order for man to use but not to misuse. • Children are vulnerable and are entitled to our specific attention and protection. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) further define the universal conditions which children in our world have the
PHoto: Pelle Wahlgren
This is where ERIKS works. sverige
vitryssland ukraina moldavien
bangladesh indien mali
burkina faso benin
tanzania malawi bolivia
Regional Distribution of Development Programmes Implemented in 2013
Africa 64 % Asia 23 % Eastern Europe 8 % 4% Sweden South America 1 %
We work at the grass roots.
In 2013, ERIKS implemented long-term programmes in 25 countries, including Sweden.
Together with the people concerned. For implementation of our interventions, we work with about seventy partner organizations around the world. They are our local and regional experts. In that manner, the projects can be easily adapted to the local context, language and opportunities. It guarantees a close relationship with the target group so that they can participate and have influence on the intervention. More children will have the opportunity to change their life situation and fulfil their dreams. We work with livelihoods. An important condition for the development of a child is a decent standard of living. With the best interest of the child in mind, we
help people to identify and take advantage of the local opportunities for livelihood. We give them appropriate knowledge and skills so that the occupation will be sustainable also for coming generations. We influence policy and practice at national level. To attain lasting transformation of a specific issue, often legislation, custom and practice need to be changed. Therefore we need to approach and influence politicians, institutions and authorities. To be able to rouse public opinion and change attitudes, we network with other civil society actors and partner organizations. PHoto: Rebecka Lindmark
SWEDEN Number of Number of Resources transferred (in Swedish SEK) partners projects
Projects imple- mented by ERIKS rojects imple- P 4 mented by partners
1 459 387
1 476 251
SYDAMERIKA Number of Number of Resources transferpartners projects red (in Swedish SEK) Bolivia 1 1 527 611 1 133 799 Chile 1 Colombia 1 1 34 331 1 58 343 Peru 1
Close to the projects Some years ago, ERIKS established regional offices in Asia and in West and East Africa to get closer to its projects. These offices also guarantee quality. Employees of the regional offices come from the area and know the culture and context, which leads to better implementation and results. In 2013, ERIKS’ seven employees
in three offices have gained in experience. In order to create a good working relationship among the regional staff and build team spirit with Swedish staff, a training event was held in March in Holsbybrunn. Division of functions, harmonized procedures and joint planning were the main points addressed during the week.
AFRIKA Number of Number of Resources transferpartners projects red (in Swedish SEK) Benin 2 Burkina Faso 4 Burundi 1 Ethiopia 7 Kenya 8 Malawi 1 Mali 6 Mozambique 2 South Sudan 2 Tanzania 3 Uganda 3
5 4 664 596 7 5 075 186 2 412 562 10 2 484 684 10 13 650 496 1 877 552 12 10 323 771 2 916 507 3 3 071 895 3 1 920 990 6 3 371 641
ASIEN Number of Number of Resources transferred (in Swedish SEK) partners projects Bangladesh 2 India 8 Cambodia 5 Laos 2 Thailand 1
5 4 947 390 13 4 952 300 7 5 509 052 2 674 518 1 609 350
ÖSTEUROPA Number of Number of Resources transferred (in Swedish SEK) partners projects Moldova 3 3 Romania Ukraine 1 Belarus 1
4 1 980 115 4 1 056 416 1 128 820 2 2 850 807
The ERIKS regional staff who visited Sweden in March, from left to right: Melon (Uganda), Joas (Mali), Boaz (Mali), Sopeat (Cambodia), Rasmey (Cambodia), Titus (Uganda) and Navy (Cambodia). PHoto: Karin Björserud
Partners and networks ERIKS cooperates with 70 local partner organizations in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. ERIKS also interacts with a great number of organizations and networks. Important donors and partners in Sweden are Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Swedish Mission Council, Radiohjälpen and the Postal Code Lottery ERIKS also cooperates with organizations like Human Bridge, Scandinavian Doctors, Läkarmissionen, Individuell Människohjälp (IM) and International Aid Services (IAS). ERIKS is also part of the EU-CORD network that brings together European aid and development organizations based on Christian values. Within the network, there are regular meetings for sharing of experiences and exploring possibilities for cooperation.
ERIKS works closely with various organizations within EU-CORD, such as Stromme Foundation, Tearfund UK and Cord. ERIKS is also active in Viva Network, which brings together organizations working with at-risk children.
Midwife Elenor Arén, sent by Scandinavian Doctors, teaches students about labor and delivery in Aira, Ethiopia. PHoto: Skandinaviska Läkarbanken
Classroom in Ilkelungyeti, Kenya. PHoto: Pelle Wahlgren
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education This year, ERIKS has focused strongly on giving as many children as possible the opportunity to go to school. Intensive schools have proven to be an effective tool for reaching children who have missed the start of their schooling. In nine months, children catch up with their peers and can advance to an appropriate grade in a regular school. We also fight for children with disabilities to have the same opportunities as other children to attend school. Advocating school authorities to assume their responsibility to provide schooling for all children is a basic strategy in the work.
School creates development Children who attend school acquire tools for shaping their own lives and future. Education not only gives knowledge but also builds self-esteem and confidence in the future. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child has the right to education and, thereby, the possibility of developing his or her personality and abilities. ERIKS works in many ways to make this possible. An important strategy is advocating countries and regions to assume their responsibility and offer all children the same educational opportunities. It should not matter whether the child is a boy or girl, where he or she lives, to which ethnicity he or she belongs, whether he or she has a disability or in what economic conditions he or she lives. Children who have missed the beginning of their schooling must have a second chance to receive an education. Sometimes attitudes must change, and parents must be
“I didn’t have money to keep studying on my own,” explains Malay, who was working in the rice fields to help support her family. Malay had no idea how she was going to support herself in the future. Her work in the fields gave far from sufficient income. Through ERIKS, Malay was able to start vocational training in 2013. She is an apprentice in a sewing workshop in Takeo, Cambodia, where she learns to sew all types of clothing. For Malay, who is 20 years old, life is still hard work. In the rainy season, there is a lot of extra work at home, which means that she divides her time between apprenticeship and rice farming. Malay dreams of one day opening her own shop in the market. When she has finished her vocational training, she will be able to earn her own money and save for the shop. PHoto: Daniel Sini
informed about the importance of education for children. ERIKS also works in concrete ways through the support of self-help initiatives that allow families to earn a regular income, which makes it possible for them to send their children to school. In some places, teachers and school staff need to continue their training to be able better to meet the children’s needs. Elsewhere, we help improve infrastructure to make teaching possible. We do not run our own schools but rather support and strengthen local structures. In Mali, many children never enroll in school - often due to poverty. ERIKS offer these children an intensive one-year school, which makes it possible for them then to be sent to a regular school. Over the past year, this dream has become a reality for thousands of children. l
Mukana lives in Emali, Kenya and is one many who have received support through ERIKS’ sponsorship programme, which contributes to the development of the entire village and creates opportunities and confidence for the future. “I really like going to school,” says Mukana, who is in third grade. “My favorite subject is Math, and besides going to school, I like helping my mom with different things, like caring for our two goats. Soccer is fun, too. When I grow up, I want to work as a teacher or as a world-famous singer,” says Mukana, hugging her little sister Namayai. PHoto: Hanna Blixt
Fourteen-year-old Abel lives in Uganda and receives support from ERIKS and a local organization, Redeemed Church. He is in the fourth grade and really enjoys it. “I am proud to go to school, and English is the most fun subject. The teachers are friendly, and I always feel welcome,” says Abel. Both he and the family are grateful that the school serves lunch every day. This helps the children to have more energy throughout the day. Abel considers that education is most important and gives it priority in his life, since it allows him to secure his future and makes it easier to get a good job. He has been taught about children’s rights in school and hopes that things will change for children who are suffering. “I think that all the villagers should get together and have a meeting about children’s rights, since Uganda, when it signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child, promised to do everything possible to comply. Many have not gone to school and don’t know what kinds of laws, rights and responsibilities we have in our country,” says Abel. He hopes that everyone, as soon as possible, will start applying children’s rights in everyday life.
Ten-year-old Majorine and her little brother live on Bussi Island, Uganda, and they go to school with the support from ERIKS. “I like English and sports, especially races and running after my classmates,” says Majorine. When she finishes primary school on Bussi Island, she wants to move away from the island and continue her studies in a bigger city. “I dream of becoming a teacher or a doctor!” PHoto: Rebecca Sigfridsson
PHoto: Otto Jern
Children’s right to education – Benin
ERIKS works in many different countries for more children to have the opportunity to access education. Here is an example of what the work looks like in Benin.
Northern Benin today
What we accomplished in 2013
The average literacy rate in Benin is 42% and significantly lower in the poorest regions in the north. A large percentage of children today in northern Benin will never go to school, because parents want children to help support the family.
• A greater proportion of children will start and complete their primary education. • Parents and children, themselves, will be made aware of children’s right to go to school and will participate more actively in making sure that children receive an education.
• Parent associations have increased parents’ commitment. • Children’s clubs, where children meet to discuss their rights, have strengthened their ability to defend the right to education together.
Child trafficking is very common. More than 40,000 children, most from northern Benin, are ”sold” each year to neighboring countries or big cities to do hard and often unpaid work, in areas such as agriculture, construction or domestic work in other families’ homes.
• Awareness will increase among parents, children and society as a whole that children are not for sale but rather have a right to education.
• Increased awareness of children’s right to education in combination with the increased income-generating opportunities for children’s families through activities such as raising hens has contributed to minimizing the risk of children being exposed to trafficking.
Many girls are forced to marry at 13 to 15 years of age and miss out on education. Educating a girl is considered by many to be ”pouring money down the drain,” since girls are eventually given away in marriage. Only one in five girls in Benin starts high school.
• A greater proportion of girls will start and complete their primary education. • Parents and decision-makers will be made aware of the great advantages of allowing girls to be educated.
• Children’s clubs have helped to save girls from forced marriage, since girls have taken notice when another girl stops coming to school and have reported it to the school’s administration. • Girls who have been saved from an early marriage have received social assistance and help with vocational training to be able to support themselves.
Almost half of the children in rural areas in Benin (44%) have no birth certificate and must therefore leave school early, because they cannot officially pass their grade and advance to the next.
• Authorities will assume greater responsibility for children’s right to education. • Both parents and local authorities will become more involved in children’s schooling and will commit to making sure that more children have their birth certificate when they start school.
• 344 children in Atacora, a poor region in northern Benin, who previously had no birth certificate were able to take graduation exams in the 2012/2013 school year to advance to middle or high school. This is thanks to the strong support of parents and work of local authorities, who have become more aware of all children’s right to a birth certificate.
Health education in Bangladesh PHoto: Friendship
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An important focus area for this year have been efforts to reduce child and maternal mortality. This largely involves connecting mothers and children living far away in the countryside with public health care resources, providing information about available assistance and passing on basic knowledge of what to do when pregnant or when a child is ill. ERIKS is also working to organize people into groups and committees so that they can find solutions for water access and waste and sewage management.
Better health saves children’s lives Many children die each year from diseases that are actually easy and cheap to prevent. This is despite the fact that all children, under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, have the right to receiving health care and to enjoying the highest attainable standard of health. Not all countries have the same resources to invest in health care, but existing resources should be used properly. ERIKS works to improve existing systems, including health care, prenatal care and malnutrition monitoring. Local communities are also helped to unite and to advocate authorities to assume their responsibilities. Disease prevention is effective and generates savings in both suffering and money, but prevention work requires a long-term mentality. Teaching about clean drinking water, good hygiene, nutrition and vaccines can save lives and improve many families’ quality of life.
Knowledge of how to protect oneself and reduce the risk of illnesses and conditions such as malaria or diarrhea can be decisive, even if it means taking simple measures such using mosquito nets or washing ones hands. Access to clean water and latrines is also central. Through Human Bridge, ERIKS takes concrete action to improve access to medical equipment, and Scandinavian Doctors regularly sends Swedish physicians with the mission of strengthening local health centers. This year, ERIKS invested in additional programmes aimed at reducing maternal mortality. These principally involve performing periodic check-ups during pregnancy and ensuring that deliveries are performed by trained medical personnel.l
Clean water In 2013, ERIKS helped more people access clean water. In the Kenyan village of Enchani, in the Mashuru field, a newly dug well now provides clean water to approximately 300 people throughout the year. “Before we had a well in Enchani, I would leave home at seven in the morning to fetch water and would come back at four in the afternoon. It was barely enough to cook some food, and the kids stayed dirty. All the water had to be used for cooking,” says Marisha. By June, the well had been dug, and this has meant a big change for families. Not only women but also children enjoy a better standard of living. “Now, it just takes me an hour to fetch water. I can even go several times a day, if I need to. And now I have time to cook for my kids!” PHoto: Pelle Wahlgren
Learning to wash ones hands is a step towards better health. With more knowledge and access to water, many children have become healthier. Here, children at the Nuru Center in Kenya receive help washing their hands. PHoto: Pelle Wahlgren
Health information At a clinic in Chabutra, Madhya Pradesh in India, women have gathered to receive health information. Here, ERIKS works to improve children and women’s health during pregnancy, childbirth and the child’s first years. When the project began, all children in Chabutra were born at home, but after just one year, 70% of births are now in the health clinic. “The outcome is good, but there’s more to do,” says Ola Olsson, ERIKS’ programme coordinator. “Since the project began here in 2011, the percentage of fully vaccinated children has increased from 15% to 67%. We see that health education is getting results, and there are more areas waiting their turn.” PHoto: Ola Olsson
“Here, we don’t talk openly about sexual health and intimate care,” says Sister Ancit, who works as a project manager in Bhopal, India.
In Chabutra, India.
“The women are shy, and it’s hard for them to talk about these subjects, even though it’s just among Ancit women.” In ERIKS’ target areas, it is common for women to suffer from vaginal infections often caused by a lack of access to sanitary napkins during menstruation. Women need knowledge about sexual health and hygiene. PHoto: Rebecka Lindmark
Children’s right to health - South Sudan ERIKS works to provide children with access to good health in many different countries. Here’s an example from work in South Sudan.
SOUTH SUDAN TODAY
What we achieved in 2013
People in rural areas have relatively poor health and no medical care. Malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea are common causes of death in children under five. The public vaccination programme does not reach children in rural areas.
• Reduced child mortality from treatable diseases. • Dissemination of knowledge about hygiene. • Preventive measures against infections
• A total of 8,420 people received medical care during the year. • Parents received information about hygiene. • Children were vaccinated at five health posts.
Malnutrition is common in children due to long periods of drought, lacking knowledge about nutrition and poor agricultural practices.
• Improved nutrition among children. • Development of sustainable agriculture and food production throughout the year.
• Malnourished children were identified and treated with nutritional supplements. • Parents learned more about nutrition through different activities. • A pilot project introduced sustainable farming through drip irrigation.
Postnatal death is alarmingly high.
• Improved access to prenatal care and safer deliveries.
Early marriages and teenage pregnancies at the risk of severe complications are common.
• Stronger awareness among adolescent girls about their rights, health issues and life skills.
• The clinic provided prenatal care to 782 pregnant women. • 56 deliveries were performed in the clinic. • Difficult cases with complications were referred to larger nearby hospitals. • 40 adolescent girls received intensive training on health and rights.
Doctors volunteer their time through
Scandinavian Doctors sends medical personnel to volunteer for a six-week period at hospitals in low-income countries. The work is funded largely by ERIKS. In addition to providing medical services, volunteers also build the capacity of local staff and students. In 2013, a total of 51 volunteers were sent to hospitals in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nepal and the Philippines. Forty-one of them were medical specialists, nine were specialized nurses, and one was a dentist. Furthermore, five trainees (interns or physicians in specialized training) had the opportunity to participate in providing medical care alongside a mentor specialist to learn more about global health problems. Ten mission hospitals have been supported with medical expertise.
The Mpongwe hospital in Zambia and Mutomo hospital in Kenya have received continued support. Several activities have been aimed at education, such as support for professional training for doctors and prenatal education in Panzi Hospital in the Congo. This year, African Inland Church in Turkana, northern Kenya, designed a project in cooperation with ERIKS and Scandinavian Doctors to strengthen prenatal and infant care in the area. Scandinavian Doctors participated in the needs assessment and analysis in anticipation of the 2014 project start date. The annual doctors’ convention, organized by Scandinavian Doctors and the Rotary Doctors, was held at Ädelfors College in Holsbybrunn in the spring. Through their engagement in the topic ”Hot news from the tropics,” about 90 participants received new and current information about tropical diseases. l
Orthopedics development in Tanzania The number of patients with fractures is on the rise at Nkinga Hospital in Tanzania, partly because rural traffic is increasing. Therefore, the hospital needs to strengthen its orthopedics department in terms of knowledge and equipment. Last year, orthopedic surgeons Evert Jonsson and Bengt Herngren served in the orthopedics clinic and in surgery. In addition, a study done of the risk of post-surgical infection has led to improved conditions in terms of sterility, cleanliness and hygiene.
Carin Lennartsson in Zambia photo: Scandinavian Doctors
A thirteen-year-old boy had his arm operated on by Bengt Herngren.
Child care in Zambia Carin Lennartsson went to Mpongwe Mission Hospital in Zambia as an intern with her mentor Karin Malmgren, a pediatrician.
A small patient at Nkinga Hospital has managed to stretch out his leg after operation. PHoto: Scandinavian Doctors
“When I left, I was a week short of becoming a fully qualified doctor and had set my sight on specializing in child and adolescent diseases,” says Carin Lennartsson. The Scandinavian Doctors’ mission to Mpongwe Hospital was a first for Carin and her supervisor. During the six-week
service trip, they worked mostly in the children’s section but also in the unit for malnourished children and the delivery room. Tuesdays, they visited villages near the hospital, where they weighed and vaccinated children, took pregnant women’s blood pressure, offered contraceptives and did HIV testing. “I participated in a couple of visits, and this was a good way to get a better understanding of the living conditions of people in the villages,” says Carin.
Used medical equipment is useful with
ERIKS and Läkarmissionen coordinate their material relief work through Human Bridge, which takes high quality used medical equipment to different parts of the world. Material relief in response to natural disasters is also channeled through Human Bridge. Human Bridge is a relief organization that implements materials-based projects. Its priority is to collect medical equipment and aids for people with disabilities from Swedish hospitals, recondition it and send it to hospitals mainly in Africa and Eastern Europe. Human Bridge also helps with supplies such as tents and reconstruction materials for disaster victims and sends preselected donated clothing from Sweden. All textiles not directly
used in relief efforts generate income to cover some of the cost of shipping and handling. In 2013, Human Bridge, on behalf of ERIKS, has sent relief supplies to Eritrea, Tanzania and Burundi. The two organizations also partnered in relief efforts for typhoon victims in the Philippines. l
Wheelchairs take children to school Children with disabilities at TRACED in Tanzania received wheelchairs and other assistive devices through Human Bridge, which have made it possible for them to attend school. Even children with albinism, who are very sensitive to sunlight and usually go blind, have received aids such as a screen that helps children with visual disabilities to read.
Medical supplies for Burundi
Vocational and health training
A container of medical supplies, mobility aids for people with disabilities, office equipment, clothing and shoes was sent to Bujumbura, Burundi. The medical supplies were distributed to two clinics and several dispensaries. Wheelchairs and crutches were distributed to the major general hospitals and center for people with disabilities, where veterans and soldiers receive assistance. Some of the items shipped were sold to cover office expenses, and some were distributed to widows, to people living with HIV and to a minority group in Eritrea, among other target groups. Even churches working with street children and vulnerable women received some of the clothing.
ERIKS supports vocational training in Makete, Tanzania, the country’s most severely HIV-stricken area, which has orphaned approximately 15,000 children. Through the organization IDYDC, orphans and vulnerable children gain access to education. ERIKS equips children and young people who have left primary school with vocational and health training to increase their opportunities. Recently, 200 children were enrolled in vocational school in Makete. In 2013, Human Bridge sent three containers of clothes, sports equipment and assistive devices to IDYDC.
Children in Alesd, Romania. PHoto: Bengt Öberg
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protection In 2013, ERIKS paid special attention to interventions for child victims of trafficking or other forms of exploitation. Several programmes are running to help vulnerable children by getting them out of these situations, but ERIKS mainly focuses on prevention. Strengthening at-risk children’s safety net requires work on several levels. One part involves shaping legislation and advocating authorities in different offices to protect children. Another part involves informing families about existing dangers and measures for protecting their children from abuse and exploitation.
No one is allowed to exploit children Telling school children what their rights are and where they can go if they feel threatened or if they have already been victims of violence and abuse. Advocating authorities to ensure that laws and regulations are drafted to guarantee children effective protection. Designing models of how people can organize to keep children out of danger. Countering old traditions and patterns that pose a threat to children It is necessary to work for children’s right to safety and protection in a variety of ways. Because the fact is that there is a serious lack of protection, children’s rights are often ignored and many children are abused. This can mean physical, psychological or sexual abuse; neglect; maltreatment; child labor; trafficking or prostitution. Other children suffer from old and
detrimental practices, such as female genital mutilation and child marriage. Even in Sweden, there are many children living in unsafe environments, often characterized by domestic violence and criminality. No one is allowed to exploit children. Everywhere and regardless of the intervention, ERIKS stands by children to protect and emphasize their rights. In India’s megacities, many children spend their lives in dump sites. Last year, ERIKS initiated interventions to protect children from harmful work – here and in other places where children are at risk to be heavily abused.l
Tanzila “No one should pay to marry me by force,” says Tanzila in Bangladesh, who escaped child marriage. She, along with many other girls in poor conditions, has participated in ERIKS’ training to acquire tools for escaping child marriage, forced prostitution and other abuses.
PHoto: Stromme Foundation
In Belarus, ERIKS together with World without Borders, founded the country’s first group home for twelve young people who previously lived in a large closed psychiatric hospital. The young people have been trained to take responsibility for everyday tasks, make their own decisions and start earning their own money. So far, three of them have recovered full legal rights, something that would have been impossible without this pilot project. The project has attracted considerable attention from UNICEF and authorities, and has resulted in an amendment to the law that now allows for the creation of special departments for ”group homes” in all ten of the country’s disability care institutions.
ERIKS and WWB continue work on education and methodological issues, while the State has taken full financial responsibility for developing group homes and alternative kinds of care for children and young people with disabilities. Alena is among those who have received their own accommodation. “I didn’t think I could have such a different life,” says Alena. “I’m in seventh heaven! It’s so wonderful to feel like everyone else. Being able to go shopping by myself, walk around town, go to work. It’s unusual for me not to be monitored, and I do what I want and decide for myself. Now, I have a lot of responsibility for my life and dream of standing firm, prospering and, above all, forming a beautiful family!”
This year, ERIKS´ donors helped children living in the dumps of Delhi and Mumbai receive assistance. Families live on the landfills and sustain themselves by recycling. The sanitary conditions are appalling, with a total lack of sanitation, and the water is contaminated with waste. Children also work on the dump site, and because the families are illegally
settled, their children lack schooling and medical care. ERIKS teaches families about health and hygiene and ensure schooling and healthcare for children. Families are helped to identify new ways of making a living or learn how to earn more by selling recyclable material. PHoto: HCDI
Children’s right to protection – India ERIKS´ is involved in protection and care for children in several countries. Here’s an example of how the work is done in India.
What we achieved in 2013
Many children in India are forced to work to help support their families.
• No child shall be required to perform jobs that keep them from attending school or that endanger their health..
• Parents and other adults in ERIKS´ target areas acquired greater knowledge and understanding of children’s rights and of the risks associated with child labor.
In poor rural families, often one parent must work far from home for parts of the year, which poses a risk to children’s safety and development.
• Families find better incomegenerating opportunities locally so that parents can stay in the village throughout the year.
• 291 self-help groups were created/were provided with the conditions necessary for running small-scale incomegenerating projects. • Farmers learned about better farming methods.
Children in Delhi and Mumbai dumps grow up in hardship, with serious health risks. When settlements are illegal, there is no access to public health care in the area.
• Families become better informed about the risks of living and working in dump sites. • Children in dump sites grow up in safer conditions and receive access to basic health care.
• Mothers received basic health education, and children gained access to health checks and vaccination. • People at the dump sites organized in order to advocate State to improve conditions in settlements.
In many places, knowledge about children’s rights is very limited.
• Both children and adults learn more about children’s rights and have greater opportunities to advocate for their respect.
• In 2013, 94 child parliaments were started/received support through ERIKS projects in India. • In villages where child parliaments began, parents were also organized in child protection groups.
Girls and women are very vulnerable in society, as shown by the high number of deaths among girls and by the high incidence of violent crimes against girls and women.
• Girls and boys have equal opportunities for safety and development.
• Education and work to strengthen girls’ and women’s rights in society formed part of all ERIKS´ projects in India.
”All ch ildren have the rig ht to a decent s tanda rd of livi ng.”
In 2013, we continued developing the work with different self-help groups. By working together to achieve common goals, people have generated more opportunities for increasing production, distribution and services in demand. Different types of savings and loans within the group also create opportunities for investing in, improving and expanding businesses.
Conventi o from Art n on the Rights of the C icle 2 hild,
Help for self-help works Bearing in mind what is best for children, ERIKS works to allow people to have the means and opportunities to support themselves and their families. All children have the right to an adequate standard of living. This is also emphasized by the Convention. If families can support themselves, then children will also be able to attend school. Children must be protected from any kind of work that can put them at risk or keep them out of school. Help for self-help is an effective form of support. ERIKS wants to help people exploit existing opportunities in society
to make a living. Providing them with knowledge and skills that lead to sustainable development is also central. Besides empowering people to express their own voices in society and State, ERIKS also wants to strengthen the position of women. In many ongoing projects, ERIKS works for families to find a good way to make a living. A major focus this year has been helping people in rural areas who have been affected by climate change and drought. By introducing good agricultural practices, they become able to make a living under their new conditions.l
Livestock and planting generate income Twelve-year-old Toiré and his family in Kenya have had a hard time because of the long drought in Kenya. This year, they received a cow and six goats. “From the livestock, we get fresh milk that we can drink, and there’s even enough to sell,” says the mother, Evelyn. The family was also able to learn how to grow vegetables and capture rain water in the dry landscape. PHoto: Hanna Blixt
Andronika received a greenhouse through ERIKS partner organization NetWorks. In the greenhouse and surrounding field, she grows tomatoes, cabbage, sweet peppers, potatoes, zucchini, lettuce and fruit trees. This gives her the equivalent of four months’ salary. “In the fall, I want to plant lettuce and spring onion. Last year, these crops did well,” says Andronika, who lives in Siria, Romania. PHoto: Bengt Öberg
photo: Bengt Öberg
Sometimes things don’t work out as planned Sometimes, not according to plan, but then we have to change course.
”I like working” “I like being able to work and support my family,” says Manuel, who makes leather goods for the NetWorks Trading company. The company is managed by ERIKS’ partner in Romania. Manuel lives with his wife and oneyear-old son in the small city of Siria in northwest Romania. The house is small, draughty and without a decent floor. But he has a small workshop in one of the small rooms. Most of the houses in Manuel’s neighborhood are just like his. Here, almost only Roma people live, many of them mired in extreme poverty. ERIK works together with the organization NetWorks to help and strengthen the Roma of Siria at different levels. This involves providing relief, firewood for heating and winter clothes as well as working long-term to improve livelihoods and education. NetWorks runs the company NetWorks Trading, with the Dece hats brand. Here, in addition to Manuel, there are many women who sew or knit caps. They started selling leather goods in 2013, and in 2014, the company launched a children’s clothing collection.
Andreas Samuelsson is an employee of the organization and often visits the small white shack where the Dece caps are sewn. He thinks that the work gives much more than just wages and food for the table. “We may also show the employees that they are important, that we need them,” says Andreas. Although life is still hard for Manuel, it has improved, since payment comes regularly. Among the Roma, it is very common to marry young and for a family to have many children. Manuel is 20 years old, and he looks to the future with some shyness. “Two children enough,” he says. “That’s ideal.” “In the future, I’d like to be better at working with leather and maybe teach others.” The production of Dece leather goods is still in development, and the goal is to be as environmentalfriendly as possible. The leather currently used is sourced from Romania and is partly dyed with plants. More information about Dece´s products and the company can be found at www.decehats.com.
This year, ERIKS’ partner in Laos worked to get permission from authorities to start the second phase of its project at two sites in the northern part of the country. Unfortunately, the organization was denied its request to continue work at one of these sites, which means that ERIKS’ commitment in Laos has had to decrease in volume. In December of 2013, conflict erupted in the capital of South Sudan, Juba. The conflict spread rapidly throughout the country and severely affected the state of Jonglei. An ERIKS intervention aimed at education and livelihoods is being implemented precisely in this state. Due to the conflict, the intervention has been put on hold, and it is not yet known whether it will be possible to continue the work later on. Cooperation with one of ERIKS’ implementing partners has been characterized by great difficulties. Issues surrounding the management of minor capital investments are under investigation, and opinions differ about how to interpret events.
Sometimes things work out better than expected, and we make more progress
In addition to what has been budgeted, ERIKS has had the chance to launch a series of interventions this year. Among others, a new phase began of support for schooling for the vulnerable Batwa minority of Burundi. This includes the construction of four classrooms complementing an earlier intervention with support from the Children of the World Campaign. Since 2012, ERIKS has supported a Kenyan network for organizations running institutional care facilities for vulnerable children. The network, which works actively with alternatives to institutional care, received strong backing from State authorities. Therefore, in 2013, ERIKS contributed more resources to expand the work. Many of ERIKS’ partner organizations have progressed in strategic development. Knowledge and skills in the area of children’s rights have increased, and children’s views are taken seriously. Administrative and financial systems have also been strengthened.
We act quickly and stay for a long time Floods, droughts and earthquakes occur unexpectedly and demand rapid and sometimes long-term interventions. Acting quickly and staying to follow up and continue support, even when the relief stage has ended – this is the objective of ERIKS’ humanitarian interventions in response to disasters. Its well-established contacts allow ERIKS to transfer assistance to communities in many parts of the world. ERIKS works in several places to ensure access to food for the most vulnerable families. People are also given access to clean drinking water. Today, ERIKS focuses most of its humanitarian assistance in regions where the organization is well established through local partners. Local channels facilitate fast action with a high level
of quality. ERIKS also works long-term through reconstruction to improve living conditions for people in areas affected by disasters. Because ERIK has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to act quickly and successfully, even in difficult times and major disasters, the general public’s trust in the organization’s humanitarian interventions has grown greatly. This has contributed to widespread support and fundraising capacity in times of humanitarian crisis. Refugees from the conflict in Syria and people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have been in focus of ERIKS’ humanitarian work in 2013. l
The Typhoon in the Philippines It has been described as one of the worst typhoons in modern times. When Haiyan hit the Philippines, it left a massive trail of destruction, but the response from ERIKS’ donors (individuals, businesses, church congregations and the customers of our stores) was immediate. ERIKS is grateful for the support offered to disaster victims, in the form of both relief and long-term assistance.
typhoons. ERIKS grant arrives when providing temporary shelters is most urgent. Families receive packets with tarps, ropes and tools.
Island in the eastern part of the Philippines on emergency care and inventory of needs and logistics.
Saturdays, November 16th and 23rd
ERIKS decides to make an additional request of its donors to help the disaster victims, and many donors respond through letters, second hand stores and the website.
Saturday, November 16th
this happened: Friday, November 8th
The giant typhoon The giant typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines with winds of 105 meters per second (235 miles per hour). This is one of the three most powerful hurricanes ever measured, according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. The news media report massive water surges and houses swept down to their foundations.
Healthcare team on the way Emergency physician Johan Larsson travels with a medical team from Uppsala to the Philippines. He works with Scandinavian Doctors, whose interventions are funded largely by ERIKS. Johan works on Panay
2.5 million from the days’ cash registers
ERIKS’ second hand stores earmark profits from Saturdays, November 16th and 23rd, a total of 2.5 million Swedish SEK to disaster victims.
Tuesday, November 26th
Emergency housing in Dulag Medair has moved its team to Dulag, about 30 kilometers south of the city of Tacloban.
Monday, November 11th
The disaster fund On Monday, November 11th, ERIKS chooses to assist immediately with 200,000 Swedish SEK from the disaster fund and starts looking for partners.
Tuesday, November 12th
Roof over your head It is decided that relief work is to be carried out in cooperation with the Swiss organization Medair, which specializes in disaster relief and with which ERIKS has cooperated before. The Medair team, which was already in the Philippines the first weekend, reports great need, many lost homes and the anticipation of more
Emmalyn and Lito saw their home destroyed by the typhoon. “Building back better” is the technique that will make new homes safer. photo: Medair
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site quickly and stay for a long time,” says Programme Director Peter Toftgård, who is currently discussing the next phase with Medair.
Results in the Philippines:
Friday, November 29th
Assistance that has benefited disaster victims
New medical team on site Through Scandinavian Doctors, a new team including Dr. Lennart Sjöholm has been sent to help disaster victims.
It is currently estimated that 9,000 families in Dulag have no protection against the harsh climate and wind. The team reports daily rainfall and a great need for immediate protection. The team distributes aid to those in need of housing and teaches families how to rebuild homes and make them more secure against strong winds. ERIKS plans to remain a humanitarian partner, even in long-term reconstruction work. “When disasters strike, we want to be on
Monday, December 16th
Christmas gifts for the Philippines Many, both individuals and businesses, give Christmas contributions for assistance to disaster victims, and ERIKS send letters of appreciation and proof of delivery.
“We always try to be in the place with the greatest need. Many aid organizations are in Tacloban, but there is little support for disaster victims living in rural areas,” explains Manuel Jagourd, the team leader on site.
“The city is actually just as big as Jönköping, but it has twice the population. It’s as if a steamroller had passed over the city,” describes Lennart. photo: private
Here in Dulag, the organization has begun distributing kits for emergency housing for 5,000 families.
In January, ERIKS received a report from its partner Medair about what had been done to date to benefit the most vulnerable families. This assistance involved the distribution of the following: • More than 1,880 tarps for emergency shelter. • 37 additional extra-large tarps for schools with roofs damaged by the typhoon. • 5,000 hygiene kits with soap, detergent, toothpaste and toothbrushes, among other items. • 225 tool packs including a shovel, saw, hammer and rope. • 13 chainsaws to clear trees from roads and to use trees for new housing • 445 toolkits for several households to share • Chlorine for purifying water
Syria: Escaping war ERIKS has been supporting Syrian war refugees since January 2013. The intervention has meant providing shelter and medical care, mainly to families that have come to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Many refugees also receive a food package. The refugees have occupied empty buildings and stores, and the Lebanese have made land available. The Syrians, who fled quickly, leaving behind bombed homes and personal belongings, are very vulnerable. They have left behind relatives and friends, and have no way to contact them. There is great uncertainty about how long refuges will need to wait to return. In the midst of this, ERIKS, together with Medair, which is on site, can intervene to save lives and alleviate the misery. The refugees have received materials for erecting adequate housing, and Medair medical staff provides additional training to local medical staff, so that they can handle the needs of all newly arrived refugees who cannot pay. “By providing refugees with access to housing and medical care, we are part of saving many children’ s lives,” says Peter Toftgård, ERIKS’ Programme Director. photo: Megan Fraga and Bengt Swerlander
Five million raised
In total, nearly 5 million Swedish SEK in donations from individuals, businesses and ERIKS second hand stores have been raised. “We are overwhelmed and grateful for the response and immense generosity that so many people have shown in this campaign. The disaster in the Philippines shows that when something terrible happens, many of us want to do what we can to help our neighbors. Thank you very much to all who contributed,” says Lotta Olofson, ERIKS’ Head of Fundraising.
The support continues Through Medair, ERIKS will help 600 of the most vulnerable families rebuild their homes. This can mean families where children, elderly people or people with disabilities head the household. In addition, more families will receive training on how to build safer homes that can better withstand future typhoons.
Children in Sweden
Doing well is not a luxury - it’s a right All children should be doing well. All children should be doing well. Although Sweden is one of the richest countries in the world, there are still many children here who are not doing well. ERIKS’ goal is to be a strong voice for children in situations of vulnerability. We want to work for all children to feel important, and we believe that we need to work on both a large and small scale to reach our goal. We also recognize the importance of working together with other organizations and stakeholders to reach this goal. Our job is constantly developing. In this work, we want to listen to and learn from those who have the best answers, the children themselves.
Fun at camp Elenor is at camp in Mullsjö. This is her first time. “This is because I have a damaged heart,” she explains. Last year, ERIKS supported camps and other interventions for sick children in Sweden. photo: Tommy Hvitfeldt
ERIKS’ work began in the ‘40s with Erik Nilsson’s commitment to sick children. Erik, himself sick with hemophilia, knew from experience how difficult it was to spend long stretches in the hospital. Children and health have since remained at the heart of ERIKS’ and been a strong focus of its work. l In 2013, ERIKS worked on a number of projects for children and families living in vulnerable situations and worked to strengthen children’s health, to improve their safety and to offer meaningful free-time activities. We also run school projects on children’s rights.
Playing is important In a number of municipalities, children who are new to Sweden are supported through group activities. The children are equipped to manage difficult experiences and are given a chance to talk about what it’s like being new to Sweden. Together with Individuell Människohjälp and municipalities, ERIKS has supported children who are recently arrived in Sweden (Barn I Start). The main objectives were to improve children’s self-awareness, help them learn to manage difficult memories and teach them about Swedish society. Through their own creativity, many children shared memories of war and flight. photo: BIS
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Through the programmes “Rafiki” and ”All children are important,” ERIKS offer education on children’s rights at Swedish schools. Rafiki is an educational programme for primary-school children that ERIKS has run together with Individuell Människohjälp since 2004. Världen är full av nya kompisar!
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Rafiki’s mission is to provide knowledge about other children’s living conditions and to highlight questions surrounding the equal worth of all children and their rights. In 2013, Rafiki animators spoke to 5,000 Swedish primary-school students. They shared about the topics of the day on special children’s rights days and about the daily lives of children in different parts of the world. With the help of images, stories, games and
discussions, the Swedish students got a taste of other children’s everyday life. Furthermore, other activities were carried out to increase teachers’ knowledge on the topics addressed. Last year, the Rafiki newspaper featured four topics drawn from the Convention on the Rights of the Child: children’s right to health, children’s right to a family, children’s best interest as a guideline in decision making and protection of children against child labor.
Comment from a teacher:
”We in the rich world need a glimpse of how other people live. Rafiki is a very educational and fun way to work. It creates interest in other people.” Comments from students:
”I learned about how children in other countries live.” ”I learned that children have the right to feel good and go to school.”
All children are important – for children and adults who want to learn more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child in a creative way “All children are important” is a joint ERIKS’ and Alm 42 project that began in 2013; Alm 42 is a group that works on children’s rights in the town of Kristianstad. Through music, drama and other creative forms of expression, teachers and children are encouraged to learn more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Fundraising and communication
A record year to celebrate In November of 2013, ERIKS was awarded “Audit of the year in the NGO sector.”* The same year, ERIKS celebrated record-breaking fundraising and communications results. Never before has the organization raised so much money from the general public – nor had so much opportunity to help vulnerable children. Revenue reached 120 million Swedish SEK, a 24% increase over last year’s amount. Donors’ response to natural disasters made it clear that ERIKS has earned the trust of many donors, as they increasingly choose to support our work for people affected by natural disasters, war or persecution. Social media interest in ERIKS, e.g. on facebook, and blog traffic have increased. Through these channels, many express their affinity and help to disseminate
information about what ERIKS does. ERIKS is an organization that works closely with partner organizations and can provide rapid feedback. This is something that many appreciate. Whether donations are large or small, they are immensely meaningful for all of the children and families benefited. In recent years, increasingly more supporters have chosen to bequeath their assets to ERIKS, almost always giving us the confidence to decide where their resources can be most useful. l * The award is organized by PwC and recognizes non-governmental organizations and foundations that report on their work in an open, clear and educational way.
Total revenue (thousands of SEK) 120 184
97 314 87 357
75 825 81 043
Funds raised (thousands of SEK)
Fundraising costs/ total revenue
Administrative expenses/ total revenue
Income in 2013
Donations 43% Swedish Mission Council/Sida
Post Code Lottery /Radiohjälpen, etc.
85 % 79 % 67 %
Over the past five years, ERIKS’ total revenue has increased remarkably. In part, the organization has seen a rise in grants from SMC/Sida (Government), and since 2009, ERIKS has received contributions from the Postal Code Lottery. Nonetheless, donations from individuals and businesses have constituted the largest source of income from the start. Through careful administration, ERIKS keeps costs down. In 2013, the organization used only 9% of revenue for fundraising and administrative expenses. Funds used to support ERIKS’ work have increased significantly, and interventions have doubled since 2009.
photo: Michaela Arnold
Operational expenses/ total revenue
2013 in brief The gift shop at www.erikshjalpen.se reached a wider base of supporters last year. Through the site, many choose to donate directly, give in memory of a loved one or create gift cards.
Paulin in Örebro was one of many volunteers who helped raiseing money for the Children of the World Campaign. photo: Peter Jönsson
Conscious effort in doing press releases in 2013 frequently placed ERIKS in the print and digital media. This was achieved thanks to the organization’s established presence on My Newsdesk, which logged over 26,000 downloads. The “Audit of the year” award highlights the importance of openness and transparency. Many donors have let us know that they became aware of ERIKS’ work last year precisely because of its transparency and documented low operating costs. ERIKS’ Day was celebrated on April 27th in ERIKS’ 54 second hand stores. On this occasion, stores donated the day’s profit to help stop human trafficking and child abuse in Cambodia. The target of 1.5 million SEK was far exceeded. Together, stores collected a total of 1,840,332 SEK, in other words more than 200,000 SEK over the previous year. During the day, ERIKS also presented ERIKS 5,000 SEK scholarships to forty child and youth leaders from all over Sweden. The Postal Code Lottery has contributed about 34 million Swedish SEK to ERIKS since 2009, of which 8 million SEK were donated in February of 2014.
Here´s how you can help Give a donation
Whenever you want, you can support ERIKS by donating any amount you wish to bank account 90 09 28-3. Online at www. erikshjalpen.se, you can easily make a donation with your credit or debit card or through your online banking account. You can also donate via SMS.
You can be a monthly donor, sponsor, or young sponsor. As such, you will donate a monthly amount, most simply via bank transfers. You choose the form of payment that is most convenient for you.
Donations in memoriam Fredenwall, and Lars Mörlid and Peter Sandwall, as well as the group FOLK featuring Peter Hallström and Jonas Sandwall, gave well-attended concerts in 2013 to improve the situation of vulnerable children. In November, when the Philippines were hit by typhoon Haiyan, ERIKS donors and customers at second hand stores demonstrated a great deal of commitment. A total of five million SEK were contributed for supporting disaster victims who received, among other things, medical care and safe housing. ERIKS’ Christmas campaign made available for order hearts woven of materials with reflective properties, donated by supporting knitters. The heart was a symbol of spreading light in winter darkness. Money raised from purchases helped to provide security and protection to children living at the dump sites in India.
Honor the memory of a departed friend or relative through a commemorative gift.
Donations in honor of someone
Celebrate a relative or friend on special occasions by making a gift.
Make sure your final wishes are fulfilled. Sharing gives life and joy to many children. For more information, contact us or request our brochure on bequests.
If you wish to give a larger donation, you may contact us and tell us exactly what type of project you’d like to support.
Donating dividends and stocks
If you own shares in the stock market, you can donate your dividends tax-free to ERIKS. The only requirement is that you make your donation before the company’s general assembly. Ask for guidance from your bank, or read more at www.erikshjalpen.se.
Corporate gifts The year 2013 set a new record for proceeds from ERIKS’ second hand stores for Radiohjälpen’s Children of the World Campaign. On Saturday October 5, more than 50 ERIKS’ second hand stores donated their daily profit to the Children of the World Campaign. Thanks to the immense support of volunteers and customers, the stores collected a record amount, and several individual stores broke their own daily sales record, as well. The result was a total of 2,213,889 SEK. ERIKS continues organizing popular Christmas concerts. Roland Utbult, Terese
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Contact Us - It would be a pleasure to hear from you! ERIKS’ costs remain low. In 2013, administrative expenses reached 4%, and fundraising costs represented 5% of total revenues.
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Donors – the foundation on which ERIKS stands ERIKS’ work for children motivates people, and this can be seen in many ways. A great deal of the work is funded by a number of donors throughout Sweden: individuals, associations, businesses and institutions. Many stand up to the challenge when it comes to making the world a better and safer
place for children. Donations are the foundation of ERIKS’ work and a requisite for carrying out our work. Our own personal contributions also make it possible to request and receive tenfold in Government support. l
“We always want to be sure to show gratitude and appreciation to the people around us.” Christiane was pleased with the results of 2013 car dealer fundraiser. photo: Private
2013 car dealer fundraiser was a success “One might think that we, as a car dealer, should only promote research into the environment and climate. We care a lot about the environment and are keenly aware of the issues, but we wanted to do more and help more,” says Christiane Petit Holmgren, who works in human resources at Holmgrens Bil in Jönköping. Said and done. For every car sold between June 24th and December 15th, 100 Swedish SEK were set aside in a fund to be distributed among organizations selected by customers and employees. “December 16th was a really joyful occasion. We confirmed that we had collected 455,400 Swedish SEK and that
we had over 100,000 SEK for distribution to each of the four organizations: ERIKS, SOS Village, the Salvation Army and the Childhood Cancer Fund.” “In ERIKS, we chose to support work with Lilla Erstagården, which is the first hospice with palliative care for children and young people in the Nordic countries,” continues Christiane, who also explains that a smaller portion of the donation was allocated to ERIKS interventions for at-risk youth and seriously ill children. “I really want to thank all the customers who helped us help others,” concludes Christiane.
Transformative internship Through ERIKS’ trainee program, young people can spend a few months exploring what it’s like to do relief and child rights work in ERIKS’ projects with and for children. Back in Sweden, their mission is to inform others about the work and share their experiences. In 2013, ten young people were trainees in India, Uganda and Cambodia.
Lovisa Fundell, what did you learn during your internship in India? - A lot! That children and young people can help transform our society, even if we sometimes don’t believe in their ability. This has given me a lot of hope for the world. I’ve also learned to have sugar in a little chai without making funny faces. In the fall, I start Global Studies at the University of Jönköping.” photo: Private
A centenarian with her heart in the right place
Being a sponsor The Elm family of Lerdala is deeply committed to others and has chosen to sponsor children through ERIKS. “We think it’s good to become familiar with and try to understand another culture, and contact with someone of the same age can be a good way to do that,” says Sofia, who together with her husband Stefan, decided to sponsor children around the age of their two eldest daughters, Noomi and Ylva. The girls’ little siblings, Esther and Josef, also enjoy the letters that come from Pooja in India.
The family considers that being a sponsor is a good and convenient way to make a contribution. Noomi and Ylva study English at school, and the letters from Pooja will be good reading practice. The girls also want to write letters and are thinking about what to tell Pooja. “Maybe we can send a photo of our family,” says Noomi. Ylva finishes the thought: “Yes, we already know how Pooja looks, but she hasn’t seen us.” photo: Tommy Hvitfeldt
This donor is alert and socially engaged. In May of 2013, Anna Ekman, Hällingsjön, turned a hundred years. To her, every day is a gift - and she, of course, is ready to care for others. “There are people in the world who don’t have any food, but we want it cheap at all costs. We earn a lot of money, but we don’t want to pay taxes. Sometimes, I think we have no morality. I think that we should be grateful for what we have received and try to be content. Everything we receive is a gift.” Throughout her life, Anna has been engaged in various types of relief efforts. “My parents were very helpful and did what they could for other people, so caring for others has been natural for me. I’m glad to have the opportunity,” says Anna, who appreciates how ERIKS manages the money raised. photo: Josefine Antonsson
Daniel is a young sponsor Daniel Rehn, 21, is a young sponsor who attended the summer conference in Hönö. “I chose to support projects in the education sector. This creates the conditions that allow children, themselves, to get ahead in life. I’ve known ERIKS for a while.” Daniel studies but wants to participate and contribute. “As a student, my budget is tight, but 90 SEK is nothing if we think about the results. If we all gave a little, it would be a lot in the end! What’s best is being able to do something for other young people in the world,” he concludes. photo: Private
The idea behind ERIKS’ Second Hand The idea behind ERIKS’ Second Hand is to sell donated goods and use revenue to fund ERIKS’ humanitarian and social interventions. The stores also aim to offer people in various situations of vulnerability fellowship, work experience and opportunities for personal development. A third objective involves contributing to environmentally sustainable development by reusing and recycling goods. Since the first store opened in 1990, the endeavor has grown to
include no less than 56 shops at the end of 2013. Some stores are run in cooperation with local churches and associations, while others are managed exclusively by ERIKS Second Hand. Last year, the stores generated a large surplus, which was distributed among ERIKS and the local churches and associations running the stores. In 2013, the first store beyond Sweden’s borders was established in Tönsberg, Norway. l
ERIKS Second Hand is a non-profit association, while ERIKS is a foundation. They are two legally independent activities directed by two separate boards.
We are ERIKS’ Second Hand Anyone visiting ERIKS’ second hand stores to shop, have coffee or maybe just drop off a donation is a supporter who has come to the store on one path or another. The majority of people working in stores are uncompensated volunteers, but there are also employees and people who are interning or receiving job training. “The goal is for everyone who works with us to be well taken care of, have meaningful responsibilities and receive a good orientation about to the purpose of our work. We want everyone
350 EMPLOYEES There are more than 350 employees in ERIKS’ Second Hand nationwide. Of these, more than 200 receive some form of support from the State Employment Agency. This means that many who, for various reasons, may have had difficulty getting work now have steady jobs at the stores.
to feel welcome, be part of the community and feel that all kinds of work are equally important,” says Veronica Löfgren, Head of Human Resources* at ERIKS’ Second Hand. “We often hire people who have been in job training with us. We can’t hire them all, but if we can help people grow, both in terms of knowledge and self-confidence, so that they feel stronger and can move forward in the job market, then we’ve done a good job.” *Human Resources (HR) involves staff management within a company or organization, as well as practices for addressing staff issues.
1.600 JOB TRAINING Each year, approximately 1,600 people receive job training or internship at ERIKS’ Second Hand, often through placement by the State Employment Agency or Social Security Institute. Terms can range from one month to several years. The purpose may also vary. While some people need to practice the language or try working, others receive job training. Sometimes, compensation schemes from the State require that you have a placement for job training.
Voices from within the organization Denise Andersson “I feel at home at the second hand store. There is a lot of generous people here, and we’re doing something good for others. I used to work as a retailer but lost my job. I came to the second hand store, myself, and now I have a job training position. I’m applying for jobs all the time. You have to make the effort. Here, I’m mainly at the register and in the toy section. I want to do something useful and socialize with people, so this kind of work suits me.”
Jenny Boberg “I teach dance at night, but I wanted to do something else during the day. Now I’m here at the store two mornings a week as a volunteer. I just sent an email to the store and asked if they wanted help. They did, so I started almost immediately. It’s a lot of fun. I often just sort clothing. I’m also going to learn how to use the cash register.”
Manuel Fernando “I saw in a newspaper ad that the store was opening. Then, I got in touch and asked if I could get job training there. I’ve been through a couple of heart surgeries but don’t want to retire early. I feel so comfortable with everyone who works here. The fellowship and friendliness are important. I do a bit of everything: selling furniture, pricing goods, taking care of electrical items and working the cash register. If needed, I also gladly move furniture or work in the kitchen or café. I’ve been a bartender, waiter and driver, so any job is good.” photo: Monica Samuelsson
75 COMMUNITY SERVICE The judicial system needs positions for people sentenced to perform community service. “In my experience, this works very well, and they are often people who can make good contributions. I like the idea that people can have the chance to correct what they did wrong,” says Joakim Ragnar, the head of one of ERIKS’ second hand stores.
Sveneric Kjellgren “I recently retired and I find it meaningful to volunteer here, since it contributes to helping vulnerable people. Because I’ve worked a lot at the leadership level, in the Municipality among other places, I was eager to do more hands-on work. I’m mainly in the furniture section, but I also help out at the cash register or help attend customers.”
Petronella Yumba “I’m here five days a week and got the position through the employment agency. I feel very comfortable. The staff is friendly, and the store is clean and smells good. I handle textiles such as curtains and tablecloths. People give away good and lovely things. I classify and price them and stock the store. I like working with my hands.”
2.000 VOLUNTEERS Around 2,000 people give of their time to ERIKS’ Second Hand as volunteers. While some work once a month, others serve in the warehouse or store several days a week. Their commitment is strong, and their good will easily create a special feeling in the workplace, as they come together to reach a common goal.
Photo:: Tomas Bjöersdorff
Profile of Sweden’s Second Hand Stores Writer and photographer Ida Magtorn was awarded the “2013 Profile of Sweden’s Second Hand Stores” by ERIKS’ Second Hand. Here is an extract from the award justification: “For Ida’s fervent passion for second hand stores, flea markets and then creatively reusing items in both urban and rural environments, and for her exquisite ability to elevate recycled things to something absolutely extraordinary, illustrated in text and pictures.” In addition to the honor, certificate and statue, Ida won the right to assign the equivalent of 25,000 Swedish SEK to one of ERIKS’ projects.
“I donated my favorite dress to the Not for Sale campaign. This one was purchased at a second hand store in Sweden but has traveled with me around the world,” says Miss Li. phOTo: jeanette Andersson
Not for Sale Campaign Each year, more than 1.2 million children are exposed to trafficking. To generate commitment and highlight the issue, ERIKS began the Not for Sale campaign last summer. Clothing from both famous and ordinary Swedes was sold to support work against trafficking. For several weeks during the summer, a pop-up store opened in Stockholm’s PUB department store, where clothing from ERIKS´ Second Hand was sold, including items donated by Sarah Dawn Finer, Malena Ernman, Peter Jöback and Mando Diao. Some of the items were also available for sale online.
“We wanted to focus on the vulnerability of child and adult victims of human trafficking. We wanted to emphasize that people are not for sale. It was great to see so many people donate clothing and PUB offer ample space for reselling it,” says Tomas Bjöersdorff, Executive Director of ERIKS’ Second Hand. The event was broadcast online through social media and reached, as desired, a younger audience. ERIKS will follow up on the Not for Sale campaign in 2014.
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photo: Jenny Leyman
Voluntary contributions worth more than gold
R e ma k e Boiler room turned play room The López family in Höör won the Remake competition organized by ERIKS’ Second Hand. Their basement boiler room became a colorful play room with the help of a “personal shopper,” nimble hands and some cans of paint. Reusing, rediscovering,
creating something new from something old and demonstrating that second hand purchases are both ecological and okay are the purpose of the annual competition, where a room will be completely transformed with simple means. photo: Anna Hållams
Every year, December 5th marks International Volunteer Day - and for ERIKS’ Second Hand, there is reason to celebrate. Volunteers are an important part of the work. With their help, the surplus increases year by year. Long live the volunteers! photo: private
When ERIKS opened its stores
photo: Anna Hållams
1990 Mölndal, Vetlanda 1991 1992 Genarp, Huskvarna, Jönköping, Lund 1993 Hedemora, Norrköping, Timrå, Vimmerby 1994 Arlöv/Åkarp, Broby, Idala, Rättvik, Tranås, Vänersborg 1995 Fränsta, Skärblacka, Säffle, Vallentuna 1996 Bollnäs, Dala Järna, Harmånger, Skövde, Sundsvall, Tomelilla 1997 Bodafors, Eslöv, Falköping, Hälleforsnäs, Tibro 1998 Filipstad, Gustafs, Karlstad, Edsbyn, Vrigstad 1999 Höör, Malmö, Sävsjö 2000 Lindesberg, Trelleborg, Värnamo, Växjö 2001 Jönköping* 2002 2003 2004 2005 Skene 2006 2007 Spånga, Söderhamn, 2008 Gävle, Göteborg, Härnösand, Sundsvall** 2009 Kramfors, Arvika 2010 Sundsvall***, Vårby, Birsta, Ånge, Kristianstad 2011 Örebro, Helsingborg 2012 Linköping, Kungsbacka, Sollefteå 2013 Halmstad, Uppsala, Tönsberg (Norge) * Second store ** Exclusive clothing store downtown *** Sorting station
Millions of SEK
Contributions to ERIKS Development Partner from 2000 to 2013
25 20 15 10 5
On top of the annual surplus assigned to ERIKS Development Partner, significant sums have supported local social projects and international development interventions carried out directly by second hand partners, such as churches and associations. Significant sums have also been donated to the Children of the World campaign.
ADMINISTRATION Barbro Andreasson, Jan Wahlgren, Gunnel Olsson Örbäck, Owe Blidelius, Annette Sandwall, Torbjörn Söder, Cecilia Hjorth Attefall, Linda Gårdstam, Michael Kihlström och Cecilia Magnusson. photo: camilla sköld
ERIKS’ BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Board of Directors is responsible for the organization and administration of ERIKS. In March, the board member Bo Eliasson resigned and was replaced by Owe Blidelius. Cecilia Magnusson, formerly an alternate was elected a permanent member. From that date, the board has consisted of ten members. In 2013, the board has met on five occasions. In addition, several working groups have been active. Cecilia Hjorth Attefall
Member of the board. Lives in Stockholm. Chairman of the board of ERIKS Second Hand. He has worked as an economist and business leader.
Barbro Andreasson Second Vice President. Resident of Kungälv. Former social worker. She has experience in development work on the field in Bangladesh and India. She has worked as a Programme Coordinator at ERIKS.
Torbjörn Söder Member of the board. Resident of Vällingby. Works as a pastor and is responsible for the church conference center. Member of the board of Human Bridge, a non-profit organization working with material relief.
Gunnel Olsson Örbäck Member of the board. Lives in Virserum. Civil Economist, working as a bank manager in Vimmerby.
The head office is located in Holsbybrunn, Småland. It has 31 employees. There are two satellite offices in Jönköping. There are regional offices in Bamako, Mali (2 employees); Kampala, Uganda (2 employees); and Phnom Penh, Cambodia (3 employees).
Member of the board. Resident of Gothenburg. Employed at the coordinated service office for Social Security, Enforcement Office and Pension Authority.
President. Resident of Jönköping. Acting chairperson (part time). Background as a communication officer and journalist.
First Vice President. Lives in Hjo. Works as political secretary for the region of Västra Götaland.
The organization of ERIKS
Member of the board. Lives in Västerås. Civil engineer specialized in environmental and hydraulic engineering. Works at the Environmental Protection Agency in matters related to waste water treatment.
Member of the board. Resident of Jönköping. Infectious disease physician at Ryhov hospital. Has been working as a medical volunteer in Kenya.
Member of the board. Lives in Mantorp. Has been working in banks and development cooperation in several countries in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Election Nomination Committee: Torbjörn Söder, Vällingby (Convenor); Kerstin Olsson, Ödeshög; and Viktoria Isaksson, Stockholm.
Auditors: Leif Göransson, PwC Sävsjö, authorized auditor; and Jan Lindblad, PwC Jönköping, authorized auditor.
Management Committee: The Management Committee is appointed by the organization’s Secretary General and, in 2013, consisted of: Bengt Swerlander, Secretary General
Peter Toftgård, Programme Director Louise Nordlund Isaksson, Head of Fundraising and Communication Niklas Carlemar, Fundraising Officer (Niklas concluded his service in July.) Lotta Olofson, Fundraising Officer (Lotta began her service in November.) Anna Wendal, Policy Advisor (on maternity leave from October) Mattias Ingeson, Deputy Secretary General and Head of Administration Camilla Sköld, Communication Officer
ANNUAL REPORT Administrative Report The board of directors of ERIKS Development Partner, with organization number 827500-4789, hereby submits its annual accounts for the financial year beginning 1 January and ending 31 December 2013, ERIKS’ 67th year of operations. The organization’s full name is ERIKSHJÄLPEN, Insamlingsstiftelsen Farbror Eriks Barn - och hjälpverksamhet.
ERIKS is a child rights organization based on a framework of Christian values, the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. ERIKS works for the best interest of the child, both in Sweden and abroad. The vision is to change the world by giving life to children’s dreams. In children’s dreams of a better future, there is strength vital for change and development. The goal is for children and families living in poverty and discrimination to have the opportunity to develop and, themselves, participate in, influence and improve the society in which they live.
The overall objective of ERIKS’ work is to contribute to the respect and fulfilment of children’s rights, with a focus on the rights to education, health and protection, as well as possibilities for families to earn a living. In 2013, over a hundred development projects were implemented in coordination with local partner organizations in about 25 countries where ERIKS works. Coordination with local nongovernmental organizations is, in itself, part of the fulfilment of objectives, since sustainable development requires a strong civil society committed to children’s best interest. This year, many of ERIKS’ partner organizations have become more skilled and therefore better able to handle child rights issues in their own contexts. For example, ERIKS’ partners in Tanzania are one of the country’s strongest voices for inclusive education, i.e. for children with disabilities to have the opportunity to go to school together with children without disabilities. In recent years, ERIKS has adopted a rights-based approach to its work. This means that the organization not only implements interventions to improve the situation of vulnerable children at short sight. This kind of work must be complemented by efforts to strengthen children’s voice and ability to have their rights respected. Interventions of this
kind involve educating children about their rights but also supporting parents, associations and organizations that speak for children. A rights-based work also includes interventions for training and supporting authorities and other people responsible for protecting children. One example is ERIKS’ work in West Africa, where all actors associated with children meet at the community level: schools, social welfare, police, parents associations, churches, mosques, and others. This has put child rights on the agenda and allows the actors, themselves, regularly to evaluate whether they meet their obligations to children. ERIKS works primarily on long-term development projects but is also well prepared for humanitarian interventions in times of disaster. Through well-established international contacts, including the EUCORD network, ERIKS can support quick and effective relief interventions, even in places where the organization does not have staff or projects of its own. Last year, larger scale interventions were implemented for survivors of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and for war refugees in Syria. In cooperation with Human Bridge, which works in material relief, equipment and material can be sent on short notice. Scandinavian Doctors is another resource, which carries out quick medical interventions in response to disasters. For ERIKS, it is also important to monitor children’s rights during disasters and to combine relief efforts with longterm support for reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Development of program departments Last year’s merger of the international department and work in Sweden in a joint programme department has made an impact and resulted in shared learning about work for children’s rights. In addition to programme coordinators who coordinate activities in Sweden and internationally, the department also has human resources for developing work methods and implementing financial controls. ERIKS’ three regional offices in West Africa, East Africa and Southeast Asia has further strengthened the
organization’s follow-up and programme development. To achieve greater, longterm outcomes and impacts, the board has decided that ERIKS should reduce its number of programme countries. Among the organization’s different programme countries, thirteen were identified as priority, and ERIKS is now developing long-term work strategies for these countries. Last year, the board adopted country strategies for Cambodia, Uganda and Sweden. These define ERIKS’ specific contribution to the situation of the country’s children, with clear objectives in a multi-year perspective.
COMMUNICATION ERIKS communicates in different ways, such as through its website, Facebook, Twitter, ERIKS’ magazine and ERIKS’ Second Hand. ERIKS’ magazine is published on behalf of the organization’s donors and is distributed in ERIKS´ second hand stores. Its purpose is to highlight child rights issues, to inform donors how resources were used and to let both donors and children in projects have a voice. In 2013, the magazine’s 59th year, four issues of the magazine were printed, each issue 38,000 copies. Through the Rafiki school programme that is run in cooperation with IM, animators met with 5,000 primary school students in 2013. The Rafiki magazine was also published four times last year, with a circulation of 5-6,000 copies. photo: Bengt Öberg
ERIKS’ mission is to combat poverty and vulnerability by promoting the rights of the child.
photo: Amanda Jarefjäll
Income in 2013
Donations 43% Swedish Mission Council/Sida
ERIKS Second Hand
Postal Code Lottery, Radiohjälpen, etc.
Income 2013 (In millions of Swedish SEK) 22.0 Regular donations Bequests 21.3 Donations in Honor or 1.5 in Memory of Others Other Donations 7.4 ERIKS Second Hand 25.5 SMC/SIDA 25.9 Postal Code Lottery 8.0 Children of the World Campaign 2.1 Other Income 6.3 Total 120.2
ERIKS has a certified account that ensures that donations are used appropriately. The work is monitored by Swedish Fundraising Control, which allows a maximum of 25% to be used for fundraising and administration. ERIKS’ costs are low. In 2013, administrative costs accounted for 4% and fundraising costs for 5% of total revenues.
Results and position The work is financed primarily through donations from private donors, surplus from ERIKS Second Hand and institutional funds from Sida via the Swedish Mission Council. Other major donors are Radiohjälpen, the Children of the World campaign and the Postal Code Lottery. Support from so many sources has helped create a stable economic situation with great freedom for the organization to plan and prioritize its interventions. ERIKS’ revenue in the 2013 fiscal year totaled 120.2 million Swedish SEK, which represents a 24% increase over the previous year. Individuals continue to be the largest and most important donor group. Regular donations from individuals, sponsorship, monthly contributions and other sources have increased. We are also grateful for having received more and larger bequests in 2013. The year’s profit before distribution was an additional 9.5 million Swedish SEK. Work for 2013 was planned and implemented on the basis of revenue budgeted for the year, which resulted in ERIKS’ use of 83% of the revenue for core operations. ERIKS’ financial position is strong. The board has a long-term strategy to maintain capital reserves equivalent to five months of income. This will ensure the acceptable completion of project work if fundraising conditions and grants should change drastically. For now, ERIKS has a reasonably high reserve amount, which means that it will be possible to increase interventions in the next few years. The strong position also makes it possible to execute rapid and greater interventions in response to disaster situations. ERIKS’ operating costs remain low. In 2013, administrative costs amounted to 4.1%, and fundraising costs came to 5.4% of total revenues.
Ensuring quality in fundraising ERIKS is a member of FRII (NGO Fundraising Council). Its task is to ensure member organizations’ compliance with agreed-upon ethical rules, thus to protect the interests of the general public. FRII members must submit an annual report demonstrating how the organization has complied with the quality code prepared by FRII for Swedish fundraising organizations. For every intervention, there is a special agreement between ERIKS and its partner in the field. The agreement regulates how funds will be used and how reporting and auditing work will be done. ERIKS constantly monitors project work to ensure that funds are properly allocated and used. Each year, ERIKS’ authorized auditors review its accounts, financial statements and annual reports, as well as its management by the board and internal controls.
Environment and climate In 2013, ERIKS Development Partner, ERIKS Second Hand and Human Bridge developed a joint environmental policy and action plan for reducing the organizations’ negative environmental impact. Through educational initiatives and the running of second hand stores, which increase the reuse and recycling of goods, ERIKS wants to help create a sustainable society and better conditions and opportunities for future generations.
Future development ERIKS wants to be recognized as a trustworthy organization that defends child rights. In 2014, the work to ensure that all the work is permeated with a clear perspective of child rights continues. ERIKS works actively to strengthen children’s participation in all types
Multi-annual comparison Total revenue (thousands of SEK)
Disbursed for core operations
97 314 87 357
75 825 81 043
ERIKS has significantly expanded activities in recent years, and the total value of 2013 core operations ascended to 99 million Swedish SEK. Millions of SEK 100
Funds raised (thousands of SEK)
Operational expenses/ total revenue Fundraising costs/ total revenue Administrative expenses/ total revenue
85 % 79 % 67 %
of interventions. ERIKS continues its work of developing and solidifying strategies for prioritized programme countries. Country strategies play an important role in the application of a child rights perspective in ERIKS´ interventions and in allowing the organization to monitor outcomes on the basis of established objectives. The three regional offices located in East Africa, West Africa and Southeast Asia play an increasingly important role. In 2014, another person will be hired in East Africa to scale up the work. This means that ERIKS now has eight employees abroad.
Key events ERIKS has continued to grow and develop, and revenues are higher than ever. Since March, the organization has chosen to employ the president of the board on a part-time basis to ensure the development of the board’s responsibilities. To ensure future funding through the diversification of funding sources, a new position was created in the programme department. The responsibilities of the new position aim at developing the organization’s ability to secure funding from institutional donors, with emphasis on potential foreign and international donors. In 2013, ERIKS started a process to strengthen its ability to manage risks, particularly in relation to personal safety. The work will result in a policy and action plans for different scenarios. ERIKS forms part of the Humanitarian Unit of the Swedish Mission Council, which was accepted by Sida in the latter part of last year as a strategic partner in humanitarian interventions. Approval means that SMC can channel Sida funds to its member organizations, even for humanitarian interventions.
Last year, ERIKS’ Deputy Secretary-General was elected as President of the Board of the Swedish Mission Council. Another three country strategies have been established for development work in priority countries. ERIKS now has seven country strategies; the remaining six will be elaborated in the coming years. After typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines in November, ERIKS raised funds for disaster relief, and 56 ERIKS second hand stores donated their Saturday revenues to the cause. These contributions made it possible for ERIKS quickly to assist victims with emergency housing, among other needs, and support continues with a rehabilitation phase in 2014. Emergency interventions to provide medical care were implemented in cooperation with Scandinavian Doctors and Human Bridge. Last year, the political situation in Myanmar (Burma) changed, which made it easier for organizations to work there. ERIKS, which has long worked with development interventions in neighboring countries, is familiar with the problem of child vulnerability in the area and has done research and identified opportunities for working for children’s rights in Myanmar in 2014. In November, ERIKS was awarded “Best Audit of the Year 2012 in the Non-Profit Sector.” The award is organized by PwC and recognizes non-profit organizations and foundations that report in an open, clear and educational way.
Distribution of programmes in 2013 International development
Children in Sweden
Relief and reconstruction 6 %
Regional distribution of long-term interventions in 2013 Africa 64 % Asia 23 % Eastern Europe 8 % Sweden 4% South America 1 %
photo: Rebecka Lindmark
Financial Report Income Statement Thousands of SEK
Note 2013 2012 Operating Revenue Donations 2 77 943 66 145 Postal Code Lottery 8 000 8 000 External Grants 2 27 807 18 004 Other Contributions and Revenue 2 2 050 3 598 Total 115 800 95 747 1 Operational Expenses Programme Expenses 3 -99 226 Fundraising Expenses -6 545 Administrative Expenses -4 880
-82 318 -5 716 -4 128
Total -110 651 -92 162 Operating Profit 5 149 3 585 Income from Financial Investments 4 4 384 1 567 Total 4 384 1 567 Annual Net Profit before Distribution 9 533 5 152 Allocation of Annual Net Profit: Annual Profit According to the Income Statement 9 533 5 152 Use of Earmarked Funds from Previous Years 1 150 3 233 Earmarked Funds Received but Not Used -1 503 -1 374 Surplus from the Year 9 180 7 011
Balance Sheet Thousands of SEK
ASSETS Note 2013 2012 Fixed Assets Tangible Assets Buildings and Land 5 4 715 5 293 Inventory and Vehicles 6 935 1 205 Total Fixed Assets 5 650 6 498 Current Assets Inventory Merchandise 737 864 Short-Term Assets Accounts Receivable 249 198 Other Receivables 8 2 804 2 039 Prepaid Expenses and Accrued Revenues 9 350 688 3 403 2 925 Current Investments 10 51 187 39 742 Cash On Hand for Special Needs 11 7 345 5 213 Cash and Bank Balances 20 047 22 049 Total Current Assets 82 719 70 793 Total Assets 88 369 77 291 COMMON EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 12 Common equity Designated Funds Balanced Equity Annual Profit Current liabilities Accounts Payable Debt to Institutional Funders 13 Other liabilities Tax debts 7 Accrued Expenses and Prepaid Revenues 14 Total Common Equity and Liabilities Pledged Assets Contingent Liabilities
6 961 60 716 9 533 77 210
6 608 55 917 5 152 67 677
929 6 588 361 61 3 220 11 159
938 4 888 288 45 3 455 9 614
Cash Flow Analysis Thousands of SEK
photo: Åsa dahlgren
Operating activities 2013 2012 Operating Profit 5 149 3 585 Depreciation 927 973 Earned Interest and Profit 1 266 1 495 Capital Gains on Current Investments 3 118 0 Capital Gains on the Sale of Fixed Assets 0 -1 707 Cash Flow from Operating Activities before Changes in Working Capital 10 460 4 346 Increase/Decrease in Stock in Warehouse 128 -42 Decrease/Increase in Stock in Current Receivables -480 -1 621 Increase/Decrease in Current Liabilities 1 545 2 080 Cash Flow from Operating Activities 11 653 4 763 Investments Operations Acquisition of Fixed Assets -79 -600 Sale of Fixed Assets 0 2 933 Cash Flow from Investment Operations -79 2 333 Financial Operations Increase in Current Financial Investment -11 445 -2 428 Cash Flow from Financial Operations -11 445 -2 428 Increase/Decrease in Liquid Assets 130 4 668 Liquid Assets at Beginning of Year 27 262 22 595 Liquid Assets at End of Year 27 392 27 263
Additional Information Accounting and Assessment Principles ERIKS’ accounting and assessment principles comply with the Swedish Annual Accounts Act, generally accepted accounting principles, and FRII’s guidelines for annual reports. The annual report also provides information in accordance with Swedish Fundraising Control’s guidelines. Data has also been included in the annual audit as per instructions by Swedish Fundraising Control. Under Regular Donations, accounts are given of donations by agreement (of sponsors’ contributions, among others) and of monthly/periodical letters. The “Other Contributions” category is comprised of spontaneous donations, many given in response to disasters. Revenue Accounting Revenue is recorded as the real value of what has been or will be received. Revenue, in the form of donations and contributions, is recorded when the donation has been legally made. Donations, other than cash, are recognized at market value at the time the donation was made. Contributions from Institutional Donors All contributions from institutional donors are recorded in accordance with BFN R5 regarding government support. The contributions are recorded only if it is highly probable that the funding does not have to be returned, i.e. the organization has incurred expenses for the designated purpose. Contributions are classified as debts until the expenses to which the funds were assigned have been made. Operational Expenses All costs directly connected with the implementation of ERIKS’ vision and mission, according to its statutes, are classified as operational expenses. This includes, for example, development programme costs, dissemination of information, addressing public opinion (through ERIKS’ magazine and website) and material relief. The operational expenses item also includes salaries and administrative costs for staff carrying out these activities as well as overhead distributed throughout all work areas. Fundraising Expenses Fundraising expenses are direct costs for fundraising activities aimed at donors, i.e., expenses for inspiring and encouraging people to contribute to ERIKS’ work through gifts and bequests or as monthly donors and sponsors. Fundraising work includes both contact and communications with current donors and external efforts to recruit new donors. Fundraising costs include costs for advertising and marketing, printing costs and postage for letters to donors, salaries and administrative costs for fundraising personnel, and overhead distributed throughout all work areas. Administrative Expenses Administrative expenses include costs that are necessary for running ERIKS. A well-functioning administration is necessary to create good conditions for fundraising and project work. Administrative expenses include the director’s and administrative personnel’s salaries (finances, IT, etc.), accounting and audit costs, as well as distributed joint costs.
In 2013, ERIKS assumed administrative responsibilities for the Children of the World campaign, including the payment of salaries and compensation. See Note 1. In order to facilitate comparison between years, these costs are presented separately, and thus do not affect ERIKS’ results. Donations and Bequests Assets such as real state and stock shares that have been donated to ERIKS are recorded at the assessed market value at the time of donation. This revenue is recorded under the heading “Donations”. Shares and Interest-Generating Investments The short-term holdings of shares are collectively valued at the lower between the purchase price and real (market) value. ERIKS chooses to invest in publicly traded companies and investment funds that work responsibly with regard to the environment and climate change, human rights, labor conditions and business ethics. We do not select investments in activities that violate international standards or are linked to arms, alcohol, tobacco, gambling or pornography. Risks ERIKS wants to make conscious decisions to prevent or limit risk at different levels. We work in a professional manner to protect ERIKS’ reputation and brand and to manage risk associated with activities, staff and other assets, thus to minimize damage, alterations and losses. This increases our ability to meet objectives and use financial resources responsibly. The organization wants to ensure the best possible outcome for incoming funds, so it works continuously with risk assessment at different levels to meet objectives set throughout the organization, in the areas such as: • Staff health, safety, comfort and motivation • Financial, tangible and intangible assets • Operational capacity and work opportunities • Obligations to donors, members, partners and target groups • Consequences of development interventions for the environment and society Receivables Receivables are recorded at the amount which, according to individual assessment, is likely to be repaid. Foreign Currencies Receivables and debts in foreign currencies are valued at the exchange rate of the day. Stocks of Trade Goods Goods are valued at the purchase price. The warehouse is stocked mainly with stickers and toys for the Nurse’s Secret Box. Fixed assets are depreciated systematically over their estimated useful life: Buildings at 33.3 years Inventory at 5 years Computers at 3 years Geothermal systems at 10 years
Notes on the Income Statement and Balance Sheet Thousands of SEK
Note 1 Salaries and Compensation 2013 2012 Board 229 39 Secretary General 468 454 Other Employees 8 822 7 620 Total Salaries and Compensation
The Secretary General’s employment contract does not include any severance pay beyond what is prescribed by law. The board’s costs since March 1, 2013 include the President’s part-time paid employment. Social Security Costs Pension Fees for the Secretary General Pension Fees for the Board Pension Fees for Other Employees Other Social Costs Total Social Costs
2013 56 12 602 3 162
2012 31 0 562 2 708
“Other social costs” include insurance for staff and income and employment taxes. Salaries and other compensation are distributed by country are as follows: Sweden 9 023 7 629 Cambodia 0 145 Laos 0 339 Total 9 519 8 113 Regional offices ERIKS´ three regional offices in Cambodia, Mali and Uganda are run by staff who is formally employed by a local partner organization. Costs associated with these positions are recorded accordingly under “development programmes” and are not included in the above table. Personnel Costs for Children of the World Campaign Employees Salaries and Compensation 2 806 2 551 Pension Fees 162 130 Social Costs 1 009 896 Total 3 977 3 577 ERIKS’ results have not been affected since these costs have been completely covered by the Children of the World Campaign. Average Number of Employees during the Year Sweden Laos Cambodia
Women 2013 2012 18 15 0 1 0 1
Total 18 17
Men 2013 2012 13 11 0 2 0 0 13
Total 2013 2012 31 26 0 3 0 1 31
Thousands of SEK
Note 2 Operating Revenue 2013 2012 Contributions are distributed as follows: Regular donations 22 019 21 954 Bequests 21 340 9 867 Other donations 8 866 7 124 Children of the World Campaign 218 4 880 ERIKS Second Hand 25 500 22 320 Total 77 943 66 145 External grants are distributed as follows: Swedish Mission Council/SIDA 25 883 17 530 Radiohjälpen 1 924 395 Rotary Doctors 0 79 Total 27 807 18 004 Other contributions and earnings are distributed as follows: Profit from disposal of Metallen 2, Vetlanda 0 1 602 Profit from disposal of vehicles in Laos and Cambodia 0 105 Rental income 748 772 Sale of goods 1 249 1 117 Other 53 2 Total 2 050 3 598 “Regular donations” include committed donations (child sponsorship) and monthly donations through periodicals and ERIKS’ magazine. “Other donations” include spontaneous gifts, such as those given in response to disasters. External grants have been recorded at the amount corresponding to annual operational costs, and the remainder has been registered as debt. Contributions to administrative expenses are included in the above amounts. Note 3 2013 2012 Operational Costs Development Programmes 80 423 69 583 Disaster Relief and Reconstruction 6 366 1 946 Material relief 1 900 1 500 Scandinavian Doctors 1 375 1 500 Information and Public Opinion in Sweden 3 469 3 596 Projects in Sweden 3 471 3 031 Other 2 222 1 162 Total 99 226 82 318 Note 4 Other interest Revenue and Similar Items 2013 2012 Profit from the Sale of Securities 3 118 71 Profits due to Currency Exchange 0 1 Dividends 981 1 153 Interest 285 342 Total 4 384 1 567
Thousands of SEK
Note 5 Buildings and Land Value of Incoming Acquisitions Renovations Disposal of Property Value of Outgoing Acquisitions Depreciation Depreciation in the Year Disposal of Property Accumulated Depreciation Book Value Book Value: Land Note 6 Inventory and Vehicles Value of Incoming Acquisitions Acquisitions Sales Discard Value of Outgoing Acquisitions Depreciation Sales Discard Depreciation in the Year Accumulated Depreciation Book Value Note 7 Tax Debt/Receivables Income Tax Property Tax Deducted Preliminary Tax Total Note 8 Other receivables ERIKS Second Hand Other Total Note 9 Prepaid Expenses and Accrued Revenue Prepaid Rent Expenses Prepaid Insurance Premiums Accrued Salary Contributions Accrued Project Disbursements Other Accrued Revenue Other Prepaid Expenses Total
2013 2012 19 842 21 068 0 574 0 -1 800 19 842 19 842 14 549 14 685 578 582 0 -718 15 127 14 549 4 715 5 293 556 556
2013 2012 6 283 6 617 79 27 0 -361 6 362 6 283 5 078 4 975 0 -292 349 395 5 426 5 078 935 1 205 2013 2012 193 159 2 6 -134 -120
61 45 2013 2012 2 667 2 000 137 39
2 804 2 039 2013 41 75 14 0 217 3
2012 17 73 14 474 0 110
Thousands of SEK
Note 10 Current Investments 2013 2013 2012 Market Value Book Value Book Value Swedish Stock 21 755 14 388 11 829 Equity Funds 13 054 10 544 9 637 Interest Funds 17 090 16 884 8 916 Other Current Investments 9 581 9 371 9 360 61 480 51 187 39 742 Note 11 Cash for Specific Purposes Swedish Mission Council 2 104 959 Children of the World Campaign 4 085 3 541 Others 1 156 713 7 345 5 213 ERIKS manages the Children of the World campaign, which has 4,085,000 SEK in liquid assets. An equivalent amount is owed to the Children of the World campaign. See Note 13. Note 12 Common Equity Special Purpose Funds Balance of Equity Total 6 608 61 069 67 677 Opening Balance Reserve Funds 1 503 -1 503 0 Utilized Funds -1 150 1 150 0 Profit/Loss in the Year 9 533 Closing balance 6 961 60 716 77 210 Note 13 Debt to Institutional Donors 2013 2012 Children of the World Campaign (project) 68 286 Swedish Mission Council 1 714 994 Children of the World Campaign (employees etc.) 4 085 3 541 Other items 721 67 Total 6 588 4 888 Note 14 Accrued Expenses and Prepaid Revenues Vacation Salaries 1 334 1 231 Accrued Social Security Fee 997 958 Accrued project disbursements 379 814 Other Items 510 452 Total 3 220 3 455
photo: Pelle Wahlgren
Signatures Holsbybrunn 2014-03-21
Cecilia Hjorth Attefall President
Michael Kihlström First Vice-President
Barbro Andreasson Second Vice-President
Gunnel Olsson Örbäck
Bengt Swerlander Secretary General
Our audit report was issued on 2014-03-28
Leif Göransson Jan Lindblad Authorized Auditor Authorized Auditor
Audit Report To the Board of Directors of the Foundation ERIKS DEVELOPMENT PARTNER, organization number 827500-4789.
Report on the Annual Accounting and Administrative Management
Administration’s reports agree with the rest of the audit.
We have reviewed the annual accounting and administrative management of ERIKS Development Partner for 2013. The administrative report is included in the printed version of this document, on pages 37 to 49.
Report on additional requirements according to laws and other regulations. In addition to the audit of the financial statements, we have also reviewed the management of the Board of Directors of ERIKS Development Partner for the year 2013.
The Board of Directors’ Responsibility for Annual Accounting and Administrative Management The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing financial statements that provide a faithful reflection, in accordance with the law, of the annual financial statements and internal controls that the board deems necessary for preparing an annual financial report that is free of material misstatements, whether due to irregularities or errors.
The Auditor’s Responsibility Our responsibility is to express an opinion about the financial statements and administration on the basis of our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with International Auditing Standards and with the auditing standards generally accepted in Sweden. Those standards require that we fulfil ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes various measures taken to obtain audit evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The auditor decides on the actions to be carried out, including evaluating the risk of material misstatements in the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. This risk evaluation takes into account the components of internal control relevant to the manner in which the Foundation prepares its annual report to provide a truthful and just representation, in order to design auditing procedures appropriate to the circumstances, but the evaluation does not take these factors into account with the goal of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Foundation’s internal controls in their entirety. An audit also involves assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by the Board of Directors, as well as evaluating the overall Annual Report presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable and sufficient basis for our opinion.
Responsibility of the Board The board is responsible for administration according to the Law on Founding NGOs and the organization’s own bylaws.
The Auditor’s Responsibility Our responsibility is to express with reasonable assurance about whether in our review we detected that any member of the board had acted in a way contrary to the Law on Founding or to the organization’s statutes. We conducted our audit in accordance with the auditing standards generally accepted in Sweden. The basis for our opinion includes the financial statements, important decisions, actions, and circumstances of the Foundation, all of which were reviewed in order to determine whether any member of the board owes any kind of debt to the Foundation, or whether there are grounds for dismissing anyone. We also examined whether any member of the board has acted in a way that violates the law or the organization’s articles of incorporation and bylaws. We believe that the evidence we have obtained through our audit is a sufficient and appropriate basis for our opinion.
Statement The board members have not acted in violation of the Law on Founding or the organization’s articles of incorporation or bylaws. We want to recommend that the board members be granted freedom from liability for the accounting year.
Sävsjö and Vetlanda, 28 March 2014
Statement In our opinion, the financial statements have been prepared in compliance with the Law of Annual Accounts, and in all material aspects provide a faithful representation of the Foundation’s financial situation as of 31 December 2013, as well as of its financial performance and cash flow for the year, in compliance with the Law of Annual Accounts.
Leif Göransson Authorized Auditor
Jan Lindblad Authorized Auditor
photo: Bengt Öberg
ERIKS DEVELOPMENT PARTNER changing the world by giving life to children’s dreams
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