A wooden doll house that had been built by a man in rural NSW has been dismantled.
Key points:The wooden shuttering house was originally built by Tom and Mary, from the town of Waverley in the north-west of NSW, and has now been converted into a home for childrenThe couple had been caring for a small group of children who were unable to attend school for various reasons, and needed extra careThe wooden house had been living in their garage for years, and had been fitted out as a home by local contractors and then put up for sale.
It was to become a family home, but the couple had moved the family to the Waverleys because it was closer to home.
The couple decided to turn the wooden house into a family project because they had been neglecting the children for many years, according to ABC News.
“I was just sort of in a state of denial, but it was really important to me to help these children, and I knew I was helping them,” Mr Tom said.
“It was a good thing to do.”
Tom and Mary said they had lived in the home for 10 years, but were having difficulty caring for the children in their care.
“We have had a lot of neglect, and it’s just so sad to see it go, it’s really sad,” Ms Tom said of the time she and Mr Tom spent caring for children.
“The kids would come into the house and sit in the chair, and the children would be just staring at them and they’d be in pain and crying.”‘
It was time to go’The couple bought the home, with the intention of making it into a safe and supportive home for their children.
However, it was discovered that the children had not been attending school and needed additional care.
The property was then purchased by a local family trust, who then decided to take the children out of their care for the time being.
“That’s when we made the decision to do something about it, and we made that decision very quickly,” Mr Tommy said.’
The children were in pain, crying, crying and crying’The wooden dollhouse was demolished and donated to the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
“A lot of times when a wooden house is torn down it’s a sad thing to see, it is so expensive,” Mr Thomas said.”[We] had been very conscious of how important it was to the children, because they were so vulnerable and needed to be cared for.”
The family decided to make it a permanent home for the boys and girls.
“There was no room for them in that house, and so I thought we should make it permanent,” Mr Mary said.
Tom and Mrs Tom said they were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people.
“They’re really just giving up their time to help, to help us get the children to school, to have the children go to school and so on,” Mr Sam said.
The family has now made arrangements to move the children back into their own home.
“For a while we thought we might just put it back up for auction, but we’re hoping it will come back for auction again, so hopefully that will make it back in the community,” MrTom said.
Topics:children,children,rearing,relief-and-aid-program,environment,child-care,childrens,waverley-2880,nsw,nauruFirst posted October 03, 2020 11:37:14Contact Sarah HarkinsMore stories from New South Wales