F.5 Visit to the Crossroads Foundation ‹ BACK
Struggle for Survival at Crossroads

To many of us, poverty in the third world countries may mean something far-fetched and remote. But to our Form 5 students, it means something different after a day’s of workshop in joining The Struggle for Survival Simulation Programme hosted by Crossroads Foundation on 17th May 2018.

This simulation allows our F.5 students to step into the shoes of those in poverty. Grouped into family units, they 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 and more importantly, empathy to those who suffer poverty.

The life of the poor in the third world countries is far worse than we can imagine. They survive by making paper bags, selling kidneys and even their children. But at the end of the day, their lives won’t be any better. They struggle to fight against their destiny until they die and so do their children. All these are beyond my comprehension before this visit.

5B Cindy Tam

The shocking fact I learnt today was 7.5 billion people living in poverty and they struggle under the poverty line every single minute of the day. Most of them cannot escape from this destiny though they work hard to!

5B Kenny Fung

I have learnt not to say how little my help is to the poor. I have learnt that money is not the only way to solve poverty. I should appreciate what I have, especially having a complete family with food and home.

5G Giovanna Ho

Poverty isn’t only about the lack of money, it is a complicated web of all sorts of problems, ranging from hunger to disease and the threat of dying. It’s time for us to do something to truly help them, apart from making donations to them.

5R Kelly Wu

We should cherish what we have and care about the world, especially people living in poverty.

5R Angel Lai

I think this visit is inspiring and worth going.

5W Agnes Chan
  • Students listening attentively to the briefing
  • Making enough paper bags to sell is a matter of life and deat
  • Begging for food and money by selling their paper bags
  • To make a living, students have to do whatever they can to pl