Global Friends and Unlikely Heroes


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Global Friends offers hope and support to orphaned and vulnerable youth around the world.

“Extreme poverty is impossible to describe. It is mercilessly discriminatory and imposes barriers that stifle a child’s ability to dream, thrive, and contribute.”

The most unlikely heroes can change the world. Catherine Mulvale met her first hero in Kampala, Uganda. He was a 12-year-old boy wearing a blue shirt, who bravely asked, “Will you save my life?” His question woke her from her privileged slumber and led her to establish the Global Friends Foundation.

Since 2006, the Canadian charity has grown from supporting 36 children to over 10,000 vulnerable youth. Run entirely by volunteers, Global Friends builds schools, offers scholarships, provides vocational training and supports community initiatives. Every initiative is designed with one goal in mind: self-sustainability.

Cathy and Agape(2018)
Catherine Mulvale, Founder & Director with Agape Photo © Courtesy of Global Friends Foundation
Michael making masks
Michael making masks Photo © Courtesy of Global Friends Foundation

You can be a Global Hero… and look great doing so!

Stop the Spread now offers beautiful and comfortable masks that feature Canadian First Nations art. Each $15 mask sale provides a royalty to the artist and funds the making and free distribution of 10 more masks in Africa. Using 100% of the proceeds from Canadian mask sales, Global Friends employs graduates of their vocational training programs in Africa to make the masks that are given away to vulnerable youth. The foundation hopes to fund 50,000 masks by the end of the year.

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