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Struggle for Survival 'X-perience' to be Held on OSU Campus

Almost half the world—more than three billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80 percent of humanity lives on less than $10 a day and are trapped in the cycle of poverty. 

Struggle for Survival participants making paper bags during simulaiton

Struggle for Survival 'X-perience' participants making paper bags during simulation. © Crossroads Foundation

The Crossroads Foundation, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit organization that focuses on serving global need, will host the Struggle for Survival ‘X-perience’ at Oklahoma State University Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Starlight Terrace. These high-intensity, 75-minute simulations are designed to show participants the real pressures felt by those living in the cycle of poverty.

Simulation participants will make and sell paper bags however they can to try to earn enough money to protect their families and pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and education, all while battling a corrupt marketplace .

Following the simulations, there will be an internship information session at 4:30 p.m. Students will learn more about opportunities to make a difference in the world through the Crossroads Foundation and the OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships. Information about available scholarships and funding will also be presented.

The Crossroads Foundation hosts poverty simulations all over the world, including at the annual World Economic Forum held in Switzerland. Multinational corporations, including Microsoft, Facebook and Mercedes-Benz, have also participated.

The simulations are free and open to OSU students, faculty, staff and the public, but space is limited. To register, please email For more information on the Struggle for Survival ‘X-perience’, visit

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