Outreaching International Study Trip - Crossroads Foundation

47 students go to Hong Kong to gain international experience & to offer a helping hand at a charity.

Outreaching International Study Trip - Crossroads Foundation
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This project received pledges on Fri 03 Apr 2015

The Outreaching International Study Trip

The International Study trip is an important part of the Outreaching Honors Program at Tilburg University. It allows the students to gain more international experience in a number of ways. During the study trip, we will visit various companies and organizations in Hong Kong. Our own development is not the only thing we think about, though. One of the core values of the Outreaching Program is to give back to society. This is why we will also be helping out at the local charity, the Crossroads Foundation in Hong Kong.

Who are we?

We are 47 excellent students from various disciplines (from Liberal Arts and Sciences to Econometrics and Human Resource Studies). We are ambitious young leaders who want to contribute to society in a meaningful way. The Outreaching Honors Program offers us the space and the opportunities to develop ourselves on an academic, professional and personal level. 

The Outreaching Honors Program has three pillars that define our core values:

1. Apply scientific knowledge to real-life issues.

2. Acquire international experience.

3. Give back to society.

Our story

The study trip to Hong Kong is an amazing opportunity for all of us to further develop ourselves as leaders of the future. However, we do realise that we are in a very lucky position being university students in a country like The Netherlands. We want to support people who haven't gotten all the chances that we sometimes take for granted. Next to offering a helping hand, we would like to raise money for the Crossroads Foundation in Hong Kong.

Where will the money go?

Every single euro that we get will be donated to the Crossroads Foundation in Hong Kong.


We are very grateful to everyone who wants to help us. We are organizing a get-together for our students and sponsors, so that we can thank you all personally. Of course we will have drinks and snacks, but we are also very eager to share our stories with you! There will be a presentation of our time in Hong Kong, and for those who cannot join us (sponsors from outside The Netherlands, or just anyone who can't make it), we will publish the presentation with the pictures online.

Help us succeed!

You don't need to give money to help us hit our target! Please share this project with everyone you know via social media or in any other way that you can think of. Every donation is greatly appreciated, both by us and by all the people of Crossroads in Hong Kong.

2 years, 3 months ago

The Crossroads Foundation

We want to provide you with more information about the charity that we will be supporting in Hong Kong. We will visit the Crossroads Foundation. This charity helps people in need all over the world. We believe in their beautiful philosophy and therefore we want support them with a donation.

The Crossroads Foundation tells an intriguing story of a woman and a man whose solidary spirits were aroused by the unnecessary suffering of people throughout the world. Founded in a crossroad of Hong Kong, the founders could not ignore the stories of the unfortunate, especially those who were born in places with no privilege. Their voluntary work started in 1995 when they were contacted by one small charity that reached out for help following the floods in Northern China, where two million people had lost everything. The founders mobilized others and proceeded to aid the flood afflicted with 19 supply boxes. Then 72 boxes; later, 136; this number increased to and admirable 248 boxes. Realizing that they were the midpoint between people in need and donators, they have named themselves the Crossroads Foundation.

Crossroads Foundation went on to grow and diversify. Successful in awakening solidary spirits and so mobilizing others, their network grew bigger and bigger. They were doing more than collecting clothing. The non-profit organization received educational toys and supplies, furniture, computers and office equipment, medical provisions, literature, electrical appliances and much more. In 1995, the Crossroads foundation only collected goods for one destination. Nowadays, 60% of its goods are being donated within Hong Kong and 40% to people around the world.

Having understood its importance in providing relief, Crossroads proceeded to create different programs to better distribute its help:

Global Distribution distributes Hong Kong's quality excess goods as needed, internationally and locally. It provides a crossroad between needs and resources.

Global Hand provides a 'matching' website for multi-sector partnerships. It is a crossroad between commercial/business and non-profit organizations who wish to address global needs. Crossroads is able to attract companies to put their potential assistance in action.

Global Handicrafts provides a platform to buy fair trade goods created by people in poverty. It is a crossroad between those in need of a fair income and those with buying power. Serbia’s war refugees were sent sewing machines which allowed the creation of small clothing businesses and so afforded families revenue. Crossroads believes that a job can secure a future and builds on this idea. This belief has inspired the opening of a fair trade marketplace and café where Crossroads sells what people make or grow. For instances, earrings made from former bullet shells in Cambodia, bags made by Indian women released from sex trade, jewelry made from lacquered paper by war victims in Africa.

Global X-perience offers simulated experiences of global needs. It provides a crossroad between the lifestyle of the rich and the way of living of the poor. Today, Crossroads has simulation experiences on war, HIV/AIDS, blindness, water shortages, hunger and poverty. The aim of this program is to create awareness by immersing privileged people in limit situations. It is about putting yourself into somebody else’s shoes.

This is how Crossroads Foundation has found different ways of bringing people from different backgrounds, cultures, opinions, profiles together, uniting them for a common cause. Crossroads Foundation allows each one of us to help in the way we can or want through providing intersections between resources, needs and experiences. 

As Outreaching students, we admire their way of giving back to society and helping those in need. This is why we want to support the crossroads foundation with a generous donation. Please help us raise the funds, so that we can enable them to offer even more helping hands around the world.

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donated €25.00

Geert Duysters

donated €25.00

Peter Eleveld

donated €10.00

15 anonymous donations totalling €330.00