* Where does the money donated to E.P.I.C. go?
* Why start your own organization instead of raising money for an already existing organization?
* What makes E.P.I.C. different from a lot of the other existing organizations supplying clean water to the developing world already?
* What are the United Nations Millennium Development goals?
* How far to people in the developing world have to walk (on average) for water on any given day?
* What can I do to help?
* How do I contact E.P.I.C.?
* What did the founders of E.P.I.C. achieve on their first trip to Tanzania?
* Why is E.P.I.C.'s first project focused on Africa when there are so many problems facing people here in America?
* Has E.P.I.C. successfully provided clean water to any developing nations yet?
* Is it true that Quiksilver chose E.P.I.C. to benefit from their Give Back Program?
* How can I go to Tanzania?
* Can I donate clothing, foods or other goods to send out to the people in Tanzania?
* Is E.P.I.C. a 501C3 charity?
* What if I'm planning an event that I want E.P.I.C. to be a part of?
* Does your organization have any religious or political affiliations?
* What if I want E.P.I.C. to come speak at my school?
Where does the money donated to E.P.I.C. go?
100% of the money donated to E.P.I.C. goes directly to E.P.I.C.'s Ripple Project' (For more information, please visit The Ripple Project). Since all of the administrative costs and travel expenses for numerous events raising awareness about what E.P.I.C. is doing have been funded using personal expenses so far, E.P.I.C. is relying on corporate sponsorship and partnerships with larger companies in order to ensure that 100% of the donations received will continue to reach those who are in most need of it. If your company is interested in making financial and/or physical donations to E.P.I.C., or if you have any information about grants that we may be eligible for, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of the projects that are taken on by E.P.I.C. are made possible because of people like you, people who are inspired to do something epic, and for that, we are extremely grateful.
Why start your own organization instead of raising money for an already existing organization?
Since many non-profit organizations today have very high administrative costs, we decided that the best way to ensure that 100% of all personal donations received would go directly to the cause would be to do it ourselves! This way we can guarantee that if you donate (for example) $100, all 100 of it will be spent on providing clean water to a developing village. We couldn't guarantee that if we raised money for another organization that we were not in close contact with. We have also learned so much from starting our own organization, and feel very blessed to have experienced all that we have from the day we started until now, and we're sure that the positive experiences will only continue as we keep doing what we're doing!
What makes E.P.I.C. different from a lot of the other existing organizations supplying clean water to the developing world already?
Instead of merely assuming the needs of a community, E.P.I.C. employs a hands-on approach by spending time within each village and discussing the best methods of water aid with the people, before implementing each well. This encourages community involvement, and promotes sustainability, since the local people are more likely to participate in the maintenance of the well if they are involved in the process of planning, installation, and proper upkeep. E.P.I.C. also stays on top of the current trends in the water industry by constantly applying new, reliable, sustainable and cost effective methods to its Ripple Project. Wherever possible E.P.I.C. employs local people to install and maintain the wells being provided. This allows E.P.I.C. to install more wells by keeping the costs low and also contributes to the local economy, and sustainability of the wells, due to local training and involvement. Rather than simply selecting a location, drilling a well, and leaving the location, E.P.I.C. ensures that an extensive amount of follow-up is done in each community. This guarantees the best use, proper maintenance and sustainability of each well. By educating the people about things such as proper hygiene and sanitation methods, and clean, safe collection and storage of the water, E.P.I.C. not only provides the necessary access to clean water, but makes certain the proper use and handling of the water as well. Through constant research, E.P.I.C. stays ahead of the environmental changes that are likely to affect the world's water sources, which could interfere with the installation of clean water wells, if not properly addressed. E.P.I.C. uses environmentally friendly means to install all wells, so as not to contribute to the dangerous amount of environmental degradation happening throughout the world today. Most importantly, E.P.I.C. maintains a grass-roots foundation by approaching every endeavor in a personal and empathetic way.
What are the United Nations Millennium Development Goals?
One of the UN Millennium Development Goals is, to "halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation." Through successful fundraising, and with the help of government grants and corporate sponsorship, E.P.I.C. will drill as many sustainable clean water wells as they possibly can in the developing world between now and 2015 to help contribute to this goal. After that time, they will continue to provide access to clean water until everyone in the world is given fair access to it.
How far to people in the developing world have to walk (on average) for water on any given day?
When we visited Tanzania in the summer of 2007, we walked with one local woman for 4 miles (there and back) to collect water from the village's only source (a dirty river). This distance is one that is typically walked by many women and children in developing countries to collect enough water for their families. Sometimes the trip is made 4-5 times a day, meaning that the children often miss school as a result of it, and the women are unable to maintain successful businesses, due to a lack of time. All of this wouldn't be so bad if the water were at least clean, but the water they are collecting is often polluted, meaning that those who drink it could catch a number of diseases, which have the potential to kill if not properly treated.
What can I do to help?
Because E.P.I.C. is a movement of consciousness, awareness, and proactive spirit, the more help we can get, the easier it is for us to take action. We therefore encourage you to offer not only monetary gifts, but also your time, talent, or voice in whatever way you feel would contribute positively to our vision. You can donate to E.P.I.C.'s Ripple Project', or purchase E.P.I.C. merchandise. You can also offer us your time by putting together your own E.P.I.C. fundraiser, selling E.P.I.C. merchandise, or helping us out at one of our events. What we mean by donating your "talents", is to offer us what you are good at, whether it be graphic design, media, film, music, business, advice, or anything else that you feel could be of benefit to our efforts. This "talent" could also mean offering the staff of E.P.I.C. discounts or donations of services that are much needed to successfully operate as a non-profit. By lending us your voice, you could be a part of one of our many video projects, conferences, fundraising campaigns, etc. You could also use your voice to raise awareness and empower people in your community by starting your own chapter of E.P.I.C. For more information on how you can help, visit the Get Involved section on our website.
How do I contact E.P.I.C.?
Phone: 1-877-629-EPIC (3742)
Address: 295 Greenwich St. #503
New York, NY, 10007
What did the founders of E.P.I.C. achieve on their first trip to Tanzania?
The first trip to Tanzania in the summer of 2006 was taken to directly assess the needs of the people, and to find sustainable solutions. None of the donations made to E.P.I.C. were used for this trip, as it was decided that the journey should be funded using personal means, money that was saved specifically for the trip itself. The journey ended up being extremely informative, as it became clear that the majority of the problems in the area were a result of something so basic a lack of access to clean, safe drinking water. In finding and offering solutions to this problem, E.P.I.C. hopes to put a drastic slow on the vicious cycle of disease and poverty, affecting the people of Tanzania today. To see read more about our projects, click here.
Why is E.P.I.C.'s first project focused on Africa when there are so many problems facing people here in America?
We are constantly made aware of the pain and suffering troubling the people around us every day, but after experiencing the lives of the poverty stricken people in Africa, and actually living in developing world conditions ourselves, we felt it necessary to work towards balancing the tremendous inequalities that exist within the world today. E.P.I.C. idealistically envisions a world where we can all come together as one, regardless of whether we are a part of the same neighborhood, or global community. Every vision has to start somewhere however, and due to some of our own personal experiences, we felt a calling to start with the people of Tanzania, branching outward and onward as E.P.I.C. expands. It may be that you feel a calling to adopt the spirit of E.P.I.C. while working within your personal surroundings, and this is something that we would definitely encourage, as the movement of E.P.I.C. is something that we hope will eventually be a part of everyone's lives, regardless of race, age, sex, class or creed.To find out more about our personal experiences in Africa, visit the Founders section on our website.
Has E.P.I.C. successfully provided clean water to any developing nations yet?
In 2007, with the help of Living Water International, we drilled our first clean water well in the village of Kawe, Tanzania. This well now provides more than 5000 people with access to clean, safe drinking water. Since then, we have also drilled in Mangalali and Kibebe, both found in Iringa, Tanzania, and next year, we plan on drilling in 3 more locations. For more information on our current projects, please visit our Recent Projects section.
Is it true that Quiksilver chose E.P.I.C. to benefit from their Give Back Program?
Yes, at the beginning of 2008, Quiksilver was on the search for the non-profit organization that would benefit from their Give Back Program, in conjunction with their brand new Women's Line. After looking into a number of different organizations, Quiksilver decided that E.P.I.C. was a perfect match for them! Starting with their Holiday Line in 2008, 3% of all profits received from the eco-friendly clothing on the women's line went directly to E.P.I.C.'s Ripple Project! A member of the Quiksilver team also traveled to Tanzania with Tennille and Alexi in 2009 to experience the hardships faced by people in the developing world for themselves! We look forward to the expansion of our partnership with Quiksilver in the future!
How can I go to Tanzania?
Due to an immense amount of interest, E.P.I.C. is now looking into future volunteer programs within Africa. Because this project requires an intricate infrastructural set-up, we will need some time to build strong relationships with existing NGOs, and to find suitable projects, and secure accommodation. If you are interested in volunteering with E.P.I.C., please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com, with "VOLUNTEER" as the subject line.
Can I donate clothing, foods or other goods to send out to the people in Tanzania?
While we greatly appreciate your generosity, E.P.I.C. does not accept gift-in-hand donations at this time, as shipping and taxes become quite an expensive issue when working overseas. We are regretful that at present we cannot accept such donations, but appreciate any and all efforts made to aid the people of Tanzania, and to support the movement of E.P.I.C., and we hope to be able to accept such gifts in the future.
Is E.P.I.C. a 501C3 charity?
E.P.I.C. is recognized as a 501C3 non-profit organization through the state of New York. All donations are therefore tax-deductible, and gift receipts for donations are available upon request.
What if I'm planning an event that I want E.P.I.C. to be a part of?
If you are planning an event that you feel E.P.I.C. could be involved in, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. E.P.I.C. welcomes partnerships with existing organizations, as well as encourages schools and individuals to take an active role in our movement by putting together their own fundraising events. If you have any questions about your fundraising efforts, or need ideas about where to start, please contact us at email@example.com.
Does your organization have any religious or political affiliations?
We believe that everyone has the ability to become a part of changing our world for the better, regardless of religion, political stance, race, culture, age or gender. We therefore encourage everyone to get involved in whatever way they see fit, as we believe that if we work together as one, we will positively affect the lives of us all.
What if I want E.P.I.C. to come speak at my school, college or youth group?
Through our Active Awareness Education Program, we travel to different schools, and share our experiences in Tanzania with each class, encouraging the students to recognize the advantages of their own circumstances, and to look further into ways that they can contribute to either the Ripple Project, or any other project that personally speaks to them and promotes positive change. Actual video footage from our trips made to Tanzania is shown at the schools, as well as the floor being opened up to any questions that the students may have. Some of the schools that have already welcomed and housed these talks are, Pepperdine University (Malibu, California), Hunter College CUNY (New York), Vineland Elementary, and Margate Middle School (both in New Jersey). We also plan on working with as many high schools as possible nation-wide in the near future.