Mostly, though, she was known for her work with children. When Evita came to power, children’s orphanages often didn’t even assign names to children who were simply known by numbers. And their heads were all shaved. Why? Lice? To be mean? A V for Vendetta thing? I don’t know.
The Eva Peron Foundation, established in 1947, arranged for the construction of 1,000 schools. This fund, incidentally, was and is very controverial. It’s often said to have embezzled funds:
However, in reality, the finances of the Foundation – an area Eva legitimately knew very little about – were run entirely by Ramon Cereijo, the Minister of Finance. If funds were embezzled, it was very possibly not Eva’s doing.
In addition to the schools, the fund arranged for orphanages where, Eva was adamant, the children would always be called by names, not numbers. Instead of the identical smocks worn by orphans in the homes before this, each child was given a wardrobe and a set of toys from some of the best shops in Buenos Aires.
Here is a picture of one of the boys in a children’s homes. He had a name. You will note he also had hair: