Email addressinfo@epic.my
Websiteepic.my/
Phone number+60 3-5613 5683
Year of establishment2010
Address20, Jalan PJS 11/18, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
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EPIC (Extraordinary People Impacting Community) is a social enterprise that aims to inspire, mobilise and empower people to make positive impact in their communities. EPIC designs and creates collaborative platforms that allow you to do this in a fun and easy way.

It’s flagship project, EPIC Homes, is an initiative that aims to build relationships through the act of building homes for underprivileged Malaysian communities. An EPIC Home can be built within three days with a team of ordinary people. Under the Builder Training Programme, participants are equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead, manage and build homes.

To date, they have built over 18 homes with over 400 people from around the world, and have grown into a community with over 4,400 people. They have also built with corporations such as PEMANDU, Media Prima Berhad, GE Malaysia, AirAsia Berhad, Taylor’s Education Group & Sinclair Knight-Merz. This year, EPIC intends to build 100 homes whilst transforming this initiative into a nationwide movement.

Our History

EPIC started as a conversation over the dinner table in 2010, where four friends were discussing the possibility of solving local issues through community work. When the conversation ended, we realized they had done a whole lot of talking, but no work.

And so, we began to search through friends and families for small projects that could bring likeminded people together with the intention to bring about positive impact and to drive change in their community. A man from a nearby village in Batang Kali told us of a potential house-painting project and took us to recce the site.

When we arrived, a little boy in the group asked, “Where is the toilet?” It turns out that the village toilets weren’t completed, and thus the settlement didn’t have any. And that “toilet-building and painting project” (that really was the title of the project) was the first ever EPIC event.

We thought that we’d only be able to gather a tiny group of people for the project, but after blasting our call for volunteers through social media we were hit with 64 committed individuals who were ready for action. These guys ranged from ages 13-60 and they hailed from different countries around the world. When these strangers met for the first time at the project, we immediately knew that we had something special. We had never experienced such authenticity before. Each person that was present had one goal in mind: they were there to do whatever they could to help another person. This inspired us and showed us that by doing little with many, we could produce impact of epic proportions.

What We Do

EPIC Homes aims to build relationships between the urban and rural divide through the activity of building homes for underprivileged Malaysian communities, currently focusing on the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia, the Orang Asli.

We believe that the presence of relationships is what truly differentiates a ‘Home’ from a House’. When an EPIC Home is built, a family does not just get a new house, they become connected to a larger community who genuinely cares for them, a community that seeks to understand their challenges, and who seeks to solve it together with them.

Without people and relationships a house is nothing but a shell. This shell may protect a family from physical elements, but it is through people that they will be inspired and motivated to improve and move forward.

Since encountering our first dilapidated house in 2010, we have built 17 homes mostly in Selangor and Perak, connecting Orang Asli families with over 300 people from around the world. We have built alongside Malaysians and have also had builders from Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Japan, Holland, New Zealand, India, Sweden, Korea, Turkey, UK, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, USA, Iraq and Venezuela.

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Our needs

Our funding needs: Fundraising for homes and operations
Our volunteer needs: Helping out with Builder Basics, Footing, Logistics and projects
Type of volunteers: Teachers, Medical staff (doctors, nurses, therapists), Accountants or office managers, designers, videographers, storytellers

Upcoming events

Builder Basics Workshops (epichome.org/BTP), Footing & Logistics (prebuild of home), Exhibitions, Football Coaches, Fundraising


 
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