MAH Sing Foundation, a charitable trust established by Mah Sing Group, contributed RM42,000 to build a home for an orang asli family in Kampung Serendah, Hulu Selangor via Epic Homes.
The three-day activity, aptly named Epic Build, saw the completion of a 650sq ft house with a foyer, two bedrooms with doors, kitchen, ceiling storage and living room which was built from scratch.
Thirty-nine volunteers of the project, including Mah Sing’s employees, attended a Builders Basic Workshop a week prior to the actual build.
The training included familiarisation with equipment and tools, learning building skills and understanding the process for the building.
The workshop also assessed the volunteers’ capabilities and preference. Each volunteer was placed in groups based on their experience and skills.
Mah Sing Group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said, “We are very happy to see our staff volunteering for this worthy cause.
“As a premier lifestyle property developer, working with Epic Homes to build a house for an underprivileged family was very meaningful.
“We hope the new houseowners will be able to have a comfortable and safe place they can call home.”
Aside from building a safe home for families, this project aimed to foster relationship between the volunteers and the families.
It allowed the volunteers to better understand the struggles, needs and challenges faced by orang asli families.
This project also gave volunteers a chance to develop new solutions and provide access to new networks and resources to further enhance the lives of the community.
“Mah Sing Foundation has been actively providing financial assistance to the underprivileged within our community to help raise their standard of living and we are honoured to be involved in this project.
“We would like to commend Epic Homes for its good work in bringing people together and empowering them to make a positive impact in their community,” said Mah Sing Foundation chairman Datuk Syed Norulzaman Syed Kamarulzaman.
Epic Homes works with villages they are invited to and conducts community engagement programmes in which the residents decide upon the selection criteria for homes in need, effectively deciding who receives homes first based on a priority list.
Recipients of the home commit to the “Pay It Forward” programme, whereby they must build their own home together with the volunteers, and pledge to build two more for their neighbours.
To-date, EPIC Homes has built over 86 homes across Malaysia.