Charles Mully was born into a poor family in the city of Kangundo, Kenya, in 1949. He was a bright, energetic child, but his parents could not afford to support him. When he was 6 years old, his parents abandoned him, and he was forced to survive on his own in the streets of Kangundo. Through hard work, he was able to pay his own way through primary school, an unheard-of feat for an orphan in Kenya.
The town of Kangundo. Image Source: Google Maps
Finding His Way
At the age of 16, with a newfound faith in Jesus Christ, Charles Mully left his hometown of Kangundo and walked 70 kilometers to Nairobi in search of work. He worked odd jobs for a year or so, and eventually saved up enough money to buy a taxi. He worked hard, and soon he was able to start a small taxi company with 5 or 6 cars and several drivers. This small company grew large, and Mully became a wealthy man. He got married, had several children, and settled down.
Starting Mully Children’s Family
Despite being a wealthy businessman and a leader in his church, Mully felt called to do something greater with his life. He especially felt a connection to the kids who were living in the streets of Nairobi that reminded him of the way he was forced to grow up. One day, a group of street children attacked Mully and attempted to steal his car. That was the last straw for him, and he decided he wanted to do something to help the children living in the streets of Kenya. He sold his businesses, and with the money, founded Mully Children’s Family in the year 1989.
Mully Children’s Family: Legacy and Today
Since its inception, Mully Children’s Family has taken in and raised over 12,000 children. According to the MCF website, they provide “food, shelter, clothing, education, medical care, spiritual guidance, mentorship and – most importantly – parental love”. The Family is funded solely by donations, and currently houses, feeds, and cares for nearly 3,000 children. Charles Mully and his wife still devote their time entirely to running MCF.
Mully with some of the MCF children. Image source: MCFUS
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