were troubled by why he would stay in such a house, why he would accept it,”
he said. “It was so rundown we didn’t think it was possible to paint or repair it.”
at that moment that the man needed a new house. And the idea for EPIC homes was
Along the way, John-Son has encountered plenty of naysayers who have questioned
the pragmatic benefits of his altruistic pursuit.
"People always say to be realistic. Whatever you're passionate about, it's not good
enough," said John-Son. "I'm still finding out how I'm supposed to earn money from
what I'm doing. But I survive, and I'm happy."
John-Son is a member of YouthSpark Live, a Microsoft program that encourages young people to work collaboratively and use technology to improve
their communities. He met fellow Malaysians and app developers Ker Jia Chiun and Krane Chan Wai Lun at a YouthSpark event. They joined the EPIC
Homes team and together developed an online platform to collect, organize, and manage information on EPIC's volunteers, donations, indigenous
homeowners, and other resources.