October 2023: Students at Wesley Methodist School Penang (International) (WMSPI) collaborated with Epic Homes to build a house for the Orang Asli in Kampung Songkok, Batang Kali, Selangor.

The construction project involved 26 students aged between 14 to 17 years old ranging from Year 8 to Year 11 in the secondary school, together with 4 teachers, and 4 parents who were supervised by Epic Homes master builders and its core team. The construction was completed within 4 working days.

This is an inaugural Orang Asli community outreach programme that the school has organised to make a difference in the lives of both students and the community involved.

Alvin Chew, a parent lauded “I am so amazed by the students who have shown a high level of maturity: their energy and enthusiasm. They have pushed boundaries, conquered their fears, and finished the project on time. I am humbled by the experience and gained much perspective of what 14-17-year-olds can do if we encourage and believe in them.”

Joshua, one of the students reflected “Before the project, I was deeply excited as I always wish to build something. I was happy for Intan and Fendi (the home receivers) as they had been waiting for 5 years for a house to be built for them. I was truly touched and grateful to have joined this programme. I will recommend it and will do it again.”

This project costs over RM110,000. Through a fundraising event that aimed to help build homes for the Orang Asli family, students of WMSPI have successfully raised funds by selling cookies, nuts, ice-creams, drinks, accessories, and t-shirts designed by them, providing car wash service, receiving donations from parents, family members, friends, and some corporate sponsorships.

About Epic Homes

Epic Homes is a social enterprise that builds homes for the Orang Asli, of which the enterprise has grown to be known as a bridge for building relationships between urban and rural communities.