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.”
John-Son decided at that moment that the man needed a new house. And the idea for
EPIC homes was born.
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.