Struggle for Survival at Crossroads ‹ BACK
Our Form 5 students learned an invaluable life lesson in the Struggle for Survival Simulation Programme hosted by Crossroads Foundation on 26 Jan and 17 March.

This simulation allows participants to step into the shoes of those in poverty. Participants, grouped into family units, must eke out an existence by making paper bags out of newspaper and home-made glue. Each family must earn enough to pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and, if they are fortunate, education for one of their family members. Those that cannot make it end up in the hands of a loan shark.

Though our students could not escape from the fate that awaited them - losing their shoes, watches, cell phones and more in order to feed their families, they all agreed that the programme gave them food for thought.

The visit to Crossroads helped me understand more about the poor around the world and what we can do to help them. Stupidity and laziness are not the reasons for their poverty.

5G Leo Lau


I learned that in the world, somewhere that we can’t see, many people are living from hand to mouth and are living without dignity. This made me realise how lucky I am to live in Hong Kong, where I can receive an education and most importantly not suffer from hunger. I became more determined to help the poor after this activity!

5B Iris Yeung


What I have learned is we should help others and never waste our own resources.

5R Michael Lee


The hosts David and Nancy told us interesting and touching stories. The game was very challenging and fun to play. I learned that poverty is not a choice. There are really people in this world making paper bags every day for a living. Trading with mean and harsh buyers, they can never earn enough but struggle to live every single day.

5W Nancy Ng


Through this programme, I understand the reason why my parents always groan about how hard their days are and every dollar they or the poor earn is indeed priceless. I think I did a great job. My group has coordinated well and a clear division of labour took place. I spoke to the shopkeepers and my family in English. I also helped my group members understand what the hosts said.

5B Myra Fong


We were active and engrossed in the activities. We were willing to help our groupmates, although our hands and clothes were all covered in glue. I saw the poor and unfair situations that the underprivileged are in. Having experienced for myself what the poor are willing to do for survival, I think about how we can help them.

5G Sharon Chow


I have learned that whenever you think that your situation is bad or hard, think about the other side of the world where people don’t even have the right to survive.

5R Jason Lum


The poor work a lot but only get a little. It is not fair. Although we are far away from them, we can still help them by volunteering. We are living in the same world. Let’s help them!

5W Franco Fung


  • Students listening attentively to the briefing.
  • Making enough paper bags is a matter of life and death.
  • Students have no time to lose to make their paper bags.
  • To survive, students have to put their dignity aside and beg.
  • Not happy with the bags, the buyers rip them into pieces.
  • Students give up their shoes in exchange for food and rent.
  • 5R & 5W
  • 5G
  • 5B