Updated: Oct 25, 2019
The 28-year-old pitcher and his wife, Ashley Boyd, have saved dozens of girls in Uganda from sex slavery and trafficking through their nonprofit, Kingdom Home.
The organization was formed after the couple heard about Dorothy Stella Alue, a woman from the East African country who was experiencing financial difficulties that threatened her efforts to protect 36 girls who had either been rescued from trafficking, genital mutilation or forced marriages.
“We can end child sex trafficking in Uganda,” Matthew told the newspaper. “The bad guys aren’t smarter than us. We can end this. We can outsmart them. We can beat them to the kids. We can protect them.”
The couple visited Uganda after the 2018 season to meet with Alue and the girls, and now have plans to expand their efforts. The couple is currently fundraising for Kingdom Home so they can build four new shelters over the next three years to shield more victims.
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