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Pacific Stars and Stripes, December 1950

Seaman's Canteen Assists Orphanage
70 Pusan Waifs Sheltered

By JOSN William Gilson
S&S Korea Bureau

PUSAN- Tough, bearded merchant seamen confronted Edward Bartham, time after time, seeking food, clothing, and shelter for homeless Korean waifs of Pusan.

Time after time, the seaman's canteen director fed, clothed, and housed them. Limited rooming facilities at the club held down the number of children he was able to aid, however.

Then he started an orphanage. From his own pocket, he bought a house and from funds of the SOS Canteen, he was able to buy food and what little clothing there was available in the poorly supplied city.

At the beginning, Bartham found that many of the children suffered from over-exposure, malnutrition, and quite a few other diseases. He hired a Korean doctor to be on call at all hours of the day or night so the children would have medical attention when needed.

Seventy children have been taken in since the orphanage opened two weeks ago. Bartham's latest plan for the advancement of his home is to start a school. A teacher is on duty now and arrangements for the opening classes are well underway.

And what does Bartham have to say about all of this? "Well, someone had to do something," he says.




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