Cleveland Indian and AL All-Star pitcher, Justin Masterson, has spoken out about his partnership with Bright Hope to feed and educate 1,400 children living on less than $1 a day in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
“It’s incredible what you can do by changing one life,” said Masterson. “We’re living on a lot more than just a dollar a day, so it’s only right that God has called us to help out those who aren’t.”
Masterson and his wife, Meryl, are leading the Feed Their Future campaign, which is dedicated to bringing hope to 1,400 students living in the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Mathare Valley is Nairobi’s second largest slum with population estimates reaching as high as 600,000 in a dense one square mile area.
Support raised for this campaign gives a child two meals a day, six days a week, and an opportunity to attend school by supporting teachers’ salaries, books, teaching materials and uniforms.
“Justin is not only an all-star pitcher, but an amazing man with a heart for people in need,” said C.H. Dyer, Bright Hope’s president and chief executive officer. “He is willing to use his voice to speak up for those who have no voice and bring to light the global problem of extreme poverty.”
In November 2013 Masterson will visit the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya to serve meals, interact and encourage the children this campaign is supporting.
“Meryl and I have received many blessings in this life and strongly believe that to whom much is given much is expected,” said Masterson.
Masterson, who has a strong faith in God, grew up in the church and strives to live out his faith on a daily basis. He and his wife have experience working with poor communities and found Bright Hope to be a natural fit for an organization they would like to put their support behind.