Struggle for Survival at Crossroads (F5 English Activity) ‹ BACK
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 18th Dec 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.
I have learnt that what we see about the situation of poverty in Hong Kong is just a dust in the universe. What really happens around the world is more serious. This activity includes a lot of real story sharing and they inspire me a lot to think about what I can do to help the poor in the future.
Kio Kit 5G (13)

Money is not the only key factor that leads to poverty. And some people are born to be poor, not because they are lazy.
Batsy Choy 5R (7)

I learnt about the life of the poor and the serious situation of poverty around the world. They have no education so they need to make paper bags to earn little money. But they have lots of expenses including raising their kids.
Honest Leung 5R (28)

I have learnt that the term ‘poor’ is not only limited to the lack of money but also the lack of resources. The life of the poor is unimaginable.
Nicole Yu 5B (13)

I have learnt to be grateful for what I have now and we should try our best to help the poor.
Alex Kwong 5W (2)
  • Students listening attentively to the briefing
  • Making enough paper bags to sell is a matter of life and death
  • The students are pleasing the shop keeper