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.
-To connect all 834 villages to the city through relationships built between urban and rural people.
-To have active participation from government, corporations and the general public who will be driving the initiative
According to the Pelan Strategik Kemajuan Orang Asli 2011, 82% of Orang Asli are in need of housing aid; that’s approximately 12,322 families who live in unsafe housing in Peninsular Malaysia.
NOT JUST HOUSES.
We believe that building homes is an effective and powerful activity that opens the door to relationship building. We also believe that homes are of utmost importance – a home leads to much more than four walls and a roof. It can affect livelihood, physical and personal health and the educational development of an individual.
How Housing Affects
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and his family, including the basic necessity of food, clothing, and shelter. For many low income households, a house is more than a shelter - it is the foundation of offering stability and safety in ones life, and also a critical asset for improving income generation opportunities.
Housing and health are undeniably linked. Improper or inadequate housing can be host to a range of dangerous situations such as: dampness; overcrowding; poor ventilation and exposure to natural elements such as wind and rain. These situations can lead to illness and other physical dangers.
Housing, health and poverty are all interlinked. An unhealthy child is less likely to attend school regularly or achieve his or her potential. Research has shown a positive correlation between a child’s education and the available floor space at home; and alternatively educational attainment was also positively associated with an increase of residence stability, and with home ownership.