Tennille Amor is a singer/songwriter, equality advocate, and internationally recognized Peace Ambassador, having been on the frontline of peaceful protests for racial and gender equality, as well as speaking out against all forms of injustice at the United Nations, and on stages around the world. Originally from Trinidad, Tennille has lived in Egypt, Scotland, England, Singapore and the United States, and has visited close to 50 countries. It was during her childhood in Egypt where she first recognized the immense imbalance in the world, making a promise at a young age to one day help alleviate some of the world's unnecessary anguish. Tennille is dedicated to using her platform to highlight the unacceptable injustices taking place all over the world today, and through E.P.I.C., she is able to lend support in ways that bring about tangible and sustainable change.
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A leader in the Emergent Wisdom movement, Alexi Panos was named as one of Forbes Top 11 Women Entrepreneurs, INC's magazines Top 10 Entrepreneurs Changing the World, one of Origin Magazines Top 100 Creatives Changing the World, and is a featured expert in the films 'The Abundance Factor,' 'RiseUp' and 'Age of the Entrepreneur.' Alexi is a leadership and embodiment trainer in The Bridge Method workshops and The Elementum Coaching Institute (which she co founded and developed with her husband Preston Smiles), host of the Top 10 Self Improvement Podcast UNLEASHED, business strategist, artist and humanitarian (through her organizations E.P.I.C. and The Sisters Society); and as a bestseller, Alexi has authored the books 50 Ways To Yay! and Now or Never, both by Simon & Schuster.
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Kisinda Mkini is "a passionate community servant with the ability to motivate and inspire communities in identifying their true potential." With this ongoing quest to give, Kisinda has promoted significant, positive change in communities and individuals through advocacy, empowered by compassion. Kisinda is the E.P.I.C. Team Leader in Tanzania, and has a background of extensive experience, having previously worked with Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), widowers, HIV/AIDS patients, and as a volunteer with the Tuwafikie Tanzania Organization, encouraging young people to achieve an education that will inspire creativity and independence. Kisinda now shares his expertise with E.P.I.C. by leading the charge with all of our sustainable projects, from the drilling of water wells, to Hygiene and Sanitation Education, and The E.P.I.C. Leadership Program. He is familiar with a striving through strife mindset, based on a strong foundation, built on educational and social skills and values. Those significant attributes have naturally inspired Kisinda to provide a voice to marginalized communities, and a beacon of hope to those who are struggling to find it.
Connor Paschall was born in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has always loved to travel and has an innate curiousity about the world. Through his career as a conceptual artist and designer, Connor was introduced to Tennille in early 2014. He became a member of the Fellowship Program in 2015 where he found his permanent home and family inside of E.P.I.C. Since then, Connor has become an E.P.I.C. Team Leader, alongside Kisinda Mkini, facilitating on-the-ground projects in Tanzania multiple times a year. For the past few years, Connor has been documenting E.P.I.C.'s work in Tanzania by capturing video footage that can better tell the Success Stories of the communities that E.P.I.C. is seeking to empower.
JULIANA (BIBI) MKINI
Juliana Mkini (who we affectionately refer to as "Bibi," which means "Grandmother" in Swahili), is the heart and soul of E.P.I.C. When Tennille and Alexi first went to Tanzania in 2006, they stayed in Bibi's home, and since then, she has been a second mother to them. One of the first conversations at her dinner table is the reason why E.P.I.C. still exists to this day. Bibi is the Tanzanian E.P.I.C. Founder, joining us in our community building projects, and sharing her love for our E.P.I.C. family by creating the most delicious home cooked meals for us every day. A few of us have tried to recreate her famous, "Bibi's Beans," but they never quite taste the same! An accomplished and respected woman in her community, Bibi held a position as a court clerk, and always encouraged her children, grandchildren, and adopted children (especially the girls), to seek out higher education. She is the backbone of the Mkini family, and a true inspiration in all of the work that we do.
Irene graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Tumaini University, Tanzania, and she holds a Masters degree of Development Studies, majoring in Women and Gender Development from The Institute of Social Studies, in the Hague, The Netherlands. Irene has a deep understanding of different cultures around the world, especially with regard to women. She is taught a Women's Studies program at the university of Tumaini, and has provided valuable advice concerning the education of the women in each village, during E.P.I.C.'s Hygiene and Sanitation Program.
PARTNERSHIP AND SUPPORT
We have received invaluable generosity in support of our work, including financial contributions, in-kind donations, services, promotion and visibility, thought leadership and issue-area expertise. From individuals to corporations and other organizations, our partners know that an investment in E.P.I.C. is an investment in clean water provision, health and hygiene, women's empowerment, sustainability, improved education, local employment, economic freedom and prosperity, security, access to better food provision, reduced inequalities, and overall community growth, development, and societal advancement. Please contact us if you would like to join our growing movement.
In 2009, MTV took notice of the work that E.P.I.C. was doing, and featured Tennille and Alexi in a video campaign about young, motivated, socially conscious young people around the country. The girls were also featured in a commercial that premiered at the 2009 MTV VMAs, and played for over a year on the network.
In 2008 E.P.I.C. teamed up with the Quiksilver Women's line, who donated 3% of all of their eco-friendly clothing sales in 2009 to the drilling of E.P.I.C.'s clean water wells. With the extraordinary help of Quiksilver, E.P.I.C. was able to drill their 2nd and 3rd wells in the villages of Mangalali and Kibebe. Jennifer Barrios (one of the women from the then Quiksilver team), joined Tennille and Alexi on their trip to Tanzania in August, 2009, and was able to see for herself the necessity of the work being done.
In 2013, Cat Footwear signed Tennille Amor and Alexi Panos to their Earthmovers Campaign. In keeping with Caterpillar Inc.’s tradition of hard work and fearlessness, the Earthmovers Campaign celebrates individuals who positively impact the world around them and who “move the earth” in their everyday lives.
HOPe's Director of Development's daughter, Siobhan Kennedy, came to Tanzania with Tennille and Alexi, and after seeing their work firsthand, she shared it with her mother, Eileen, who shared it with the rest of the team at HOPe. They have since generously provided support to E.P.I.C. in helping to drill a couple of our clean water wells.
When we drilled our first well in Tanzania, we didn't know any local drilling companies, so Living Water International helped us by bringing their drilling team to the community where we were drilling. We also graduated from their Hygiene and Sanitation Education training, and have been using aspects of that program since starting E.P.I.C.