Crossroads Foundation

After our time in ‘downtown Hong Kong’, we spent the next 3-4 days at The Crossroads Foundation campus, a Hong Kong based, non-profit organization connecting people in a world of need with those who can help.  Gary is on the executive board and

is here for some annual meetings.

Crossroad has developed,and maintains, programs in four vital areas: 1) Global Material Aid Distribution for relief and development; 2) Global Handicrafts, which provide “business solutions” for people in poverty: fair trade and social enterprises; 3) Global Hand assists for-profit and non-profit organizations who want to make a difference by partnering them with those in need.; and 4) Global X-perience teaching students, families, and business teams through participation in simulations of just what it is like to “step into the shoes” of those in need: whether through abject poverty, being victimized by terrorists, forced out of their country as international refugees, or suffering from disease, blindness, etc.

It is truly an amazing organization, staffed by a dedicated cadre of professionals and  volunteers who are devoted to making a difference.  [ed.note: Gary is a bit more than biased here, as he has been involved with Crossroads/Global Hand for the past 12 years!]

But don’t take my word for it!   Look at their websites and see for yourself the range of  impact they have created . . .

          http://www.globalhand.org 

          http://www.crossroads.org.hk

Slum simulation -- the night before we arrived they hosted CEO's from local corporations to experience slum living for 24 hours.

Global Slum simulation — the night before we arrived they hosted CEO’s from local corporations to experience slum living for 24 hours.  Dramatic event!!

Slum

Slum …

Slum dwelling constructed by CEO's for their shelter for the night

Slum dwelling constructed by CEO’s as their shelter for the night

Apartment buildings - old military barracks

Apartment buildings for staff – old Chinese military barracks!

Mine field simulation used to teach children

Mine Field simulation: used to teach children

Storage containers

Storage containers full of Material Aid for global distribution

Ready to be shipped -- the first container to the Philippines left last week.

Ready to be shipped — the first containers to the Philippines left last week.

Furniture for distribution

Furniture for distribution

Fair Trade Coffee Shop and offers employment for locals.

Fair Trade Coffee Shop provides employment for locals.

Mongolian Yurt build by a volunteer

Simulation area for refugee camp experiences

On to Bangkok!!

About Smiling Road Warriors!

2 happy retirees, movin' along . . .
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