The Two-Year Anniversary of Haiti’s Earthquake & The “Epic Movement”

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Make the “Epic Movement” your Platform for Philanthropy and Change Lives Today!

January 12, 2012 is the two-year anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake that forever changed the face of Haiti. The world watched in horror as an estimated 316,000 people fell victim to collapsing buildings, and an estimated 1.5 million Haitians found themselves instantly homeless. The tent cities that were created as temporary housing for the victims of the earthquake are still called home by hundreds of thousands of Haitians today. These now dilapidated tent cities are rampant with disease, which has led to one of the most devastating outbreaks of cholera in modern history. Jon Andrus of the Pan American Health Organization estimates that over half a million people have fallen ill to this potentially deadly disease since the outbreak began in October of 2010. Nevertheless, there is still hope. Epic International’s ( “Epic Movement” is working to change this!

The Epic Movement in simple, yet powerful. For every Epic timepiece purchased, Epic provides clean water to an individual in Haiti for an entire year through the distribution of water filters. Epic’s timepieces are on the cutting edge of what’s now with interchangeable bands and bold colors that pop. You can change a life and get a timepiece that is truly Epic for under $50.

The founders of Epic International, Jeff and Jackie Bird, traveled to Haiti to help with the relief effort subsequent to the earthquake. At that time, it had been almost six months since the earthquake hit, yet the relief effort was not evident in the lives of the Haitian people. Those who had survived the earthquake were now displaced and contending with a lack of clean water, food and medical aid. The couple returned home with a passion to empower everyday people like themselves to impact the lives of those in need.

“Water is something that we take for granted, but for the people who live in developing countries it’s the difference between sickness and health, life and death. When people wear our watches they’re making a statement about compassion and character,” says Jackie Bird, Co-Founder of Epic.

Epic will be doing their largest water filter distribution to date this month! An Epic team will be traveling to the Northwestern Zone of Haiti. Their organization's primary focus for this distribution is special needs children. These beautiful children are more susceptible to disease and often do not make it to adulthood.

In an effort to stop the full cycle of disease, Epic will also be conducting an “Epic Health Program” focusing on sanitation, hygiene and cross-contamination. Their mission is to eliminate many of the key factors that cause disease to provide a baseline of health. With heath comes hope, and the ability to flourish as individuals and a community.

Make the Epic Movement your platform for philanthropy and change lives today!


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Heather Tanji
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