Number 7, May 1939
Basque Children's Home,
Telephone Caerleon 280
From Mrs. T.
Will you please tell me why the Spanish children have not gone
home? Their country is at peace now, and we have enough poor children
of our own without having to look after foreign children.
I think they should all be sent home.
Your question resolves itself in two, one concerning the repatriation
of the Spanish children, and the other concerning our children.
The reason that the children have not gone home is that few have
parents in a position to receive them; most of their parents are
in Franco prisons or in French refugee camps. Five have no parents.
A few who have parents in Spain may return shortly, but it is
likely that they will be replaced by children from other Homes
who cannot go back. So we may expect to have to maintain the same
number (56) for many months yet.
As for our own poor children, we agree that their claims must
not be overlooked; but hasn't it struck you that it is precisely
the people who help refugee children who do the most for our own?
From Mrs. I.I.B., Swansea:
My husband thinks that your Home gets a subsidy from the Government,
but I am certain that you do not. Please let me know about this.
You are right; we do not get a subsidy from the Government. This
Home is entirely supported by the voluntary subscriptions from
the people of Wales, and by the children's own efforts (concerts,
models of ships, fancy work, etc.)
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