When the Khouzam family lost their brother, Mark, they wanted his memory to live on by helping a community for years to come.
As Mark was a supporter of ChildFund Australia for well over a decade, it seemed clear that this was his favourite charity and a good organisation to leave a legacy with.
Together the family agreed to fund the construction of the Don Phong Health Clinic in a rural community in Vietnam (Don Phong commune is located in Bach Thong distict, Bac Kan province) which will service over 2,100 people in the community. The most striking part of the project was that the construction will last for generations so that Mark’s Legacy will live on in the community for many years.
The Don Phong Clinic officially opened in August 2010 and sisters Marcelle and Mimi were some of the family was able to attend the opening ceremony.
Marcelle said “Visiting the clinic provided closure. While it was emotionally draining, it was wonderful be in the community as it was exactly what Mark would have wanted.”
Some of the staff came up and were telling Marcelle and Mimi that even though they had been working there for six years this was their most important day. While other nurses were crying and hugging the sisters and telling them that Mark was now a part of their community.
It was quite exhausting emotionally for the family, but they said they felt a sense of release and closure that they didn't have before.
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