Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd and his wife Ashley have taken it upon themselves to become responsible for 36 girls in Uganda in an effort to keep them from being forced into the sex slave industry. The Boyds have started up their own nonprofit called Kingdom Home in order to buy the girls food, clothing, shoes, and pay for their housing.
A study from the United Nationsâ€™ International Labor Organization reports that there are an estimated 3.6 million adults and 1 million childrenwho in 2016 were victims of the illegal sex trade.
Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Matt said, “We can end child sex trafficking in Uganda. The bad guys arenÂ’t smarter than us. We can end this. We can outsmart them. We can beat them to the kids. We can protect them.Â”
The Boyds got involved with helping the girls after video-chatting last year with Carl Ralston, the director of Remember Nhu, which is a nonprofit working to prevent child sex slavery by sponsoring 108 homes in 16 countries. Ralston told Ashley and Matt about a woman in Uganda named Dorothy Stella Alue who was sheltering 36 girls but couldnâ€™t afford to keep it up after the death of her husband.
Wow...all the support for kingdom.home is amazing, we are so grateful!! Itâ€™s not just our thing, itâ€™s everyoneâ€™s! So thankful!You are all a part of ending this horrible thingâ€¦ https://t.co/8QboKpPcqs— Matthew Boyd (@mattboyd48) March 12, 2019
The Boyds thought Ralston was going to ask for money but he surprised them by instead asking if they wanted to start their own organization to support the girls. Theyâ€™re a deeply religious couple and this appealed to their desire to be of use, but it was a huge undertaking so it briefly gave them pause. Ashley had worked for Remember Nhu after college and sheâ€™d always felt called upon to help others in need. However, theyâ€™d just had a baby girl (Meira, who is now one and a half years old) and werenâ€™t sure if they were ready to take on so much.
Â“We said we want to think about it, pray about it,Â” Ashley said. Â“We are trying to figure out how to run our own lives, let alone a nonprofit organization. We didnÂ’t immediately jump on it. It was also very daunting. We just brought our first child into the world and now, here, we are going to be responsible for 36 children in Uganda?Â”
After prayer and reflection, the couple decided to go for it. Ashley told the Free Press, Â“This is what we were supposed to do. That was the start of something way bigger than we ever would have known.Â”
Now the Boyds are raising money to buy land in Uganda to expand the mission. Over the course of the next three years, theyâ€™re hoping to build four new homes to bring in new girls, because so many girls need help. Theyâ€™re currently selling tickets for a March 16 fundraiser at Topgolf in Tampa and another one May 20 at Topgolf in Auburn Hills.
Ashley told the Free Press that theyâ€™re hoping to raise $50,000 at the Tampa event, explaining, â€śwe are shooting for the stars here.â€ť She added that the whole Tigers team would be in attendance at the event.
You can read more about the Boyds and Kingdom Home on the Detroit Free Press. If youâ€™d like to sponsor a child, go to kingdomhome.org or contact the Boyds at [email protected] for more information about how you can help.
h/t: Detroit Free Press