Can you imagine that one man’s dream has resulted in the rehabilitation of over 12,000 orphans, homeless children, prostitute mothers and marginalized youth in Kenya? Unbelievably, this is true and it is due to one man’s gigantic heart and soul, Dr. Charles Mulli.
As the first child of eight, born to poor parents, David Kaleli and Rhonda Mukina, Charles’ life was difficult right from the start. Things which the rest of the world takes for granted, he never could have. Abandoned at the age of six by his poor and irresponsible parents, he was left with his aunt, who herself was poor and had to take care of Charles now as well as her own children.
Walking to Nairobi
Charles grew up to be a teenager with his aunt getting some elementary and intermediate education at Kathithyamaa intermediate school. He was an excellent student. However, he had a longing to do something big and leave the small town for the most urbanized city in Kenya, Nairobi. One day, he decided to walk all the way to Nairobi with almost no money in his pocket and just dreams to chase and work hard for. He walked all the way to Nairobi in a long and arduous journey that lasted for days (69.3 km).
Rags to Riches
In Nairobi, he walked to houses, knocking on doors in his ragged clothes, not having eaten for several hours, begging the owners to give him a job. Many house owners banged their doors on him, not willing to entertain a street urchin who was just a stranger for them. Finally, in his own words, he reached the house of an Indian family where a compassionate woman agreed to take him in, give him a place to live and give him a job in her husband’s factory and agricultural business.
From here onwards, there was no looking back, only prosperous, hardworking and exciting times for Charles. He worked very hard and made an excellent impression on his employer, Kakuzi PLC, who eventually promoted him to a much better position.
Charles eventually got married to a wonderful woman, Esther Nthenya, with whom he has eight biological children.
He moved to a German construction company in 1968. His big break however, arrived when he bought a car in 1971 and then started his own taxi service, which primarily operated on the Eldoret Nakuru road. From here on, he ventured into the insurance business as an agent security firm, dealing with motor vehicle components and accessories, and an LPG gas distributorship in Western Kenya.
He became a multi-millionaire and a tycoon in Nairobi, buying and then driving big cars on the roads and meeting the elite business people of Nairobi. He had the lifestyle that he had dreamed of since he was a child and had achieved the goals of prosperity, riches, high status and respect, which he thought would fill the void he had in his life from childhood.
One day, after he was coming back from a big business meeting, he found his car windows smashed in an act of vandalism by street boys. He could have been very angry and furious, but instead when he looked at the street boys, he saw himself in them, orphans with no education, parents, love or belonging. His spiritual and altruistic nature took over at this point and he made a massive decision that would change the course of his life completely, from this point onwards.
He decided that he will no longer work for money and will work to give orphans a home, homeless people hope, education, dignity, self-respect, love, faith in God and future careers that they could not hope for or ever imagined possible.
Mully Children’s Family
He set up Mully Children’s Family in 1989 to provide rehabilitation to orphans, homeless people. Their website says the family home provides ‘hope to street children, orphans, abandoned, abused, HIV & AIDS affected and infected, desperate and neglected children regardless of their religion, sex, color or tribe, who have nowhere to call home and no one to care for them. The home provides them with food, shelter, clothing, education, medical care, spiritual guidance, mentorship and – most importantly – parental love. That is why this place is called Mully Children’s Family. A family denotes a place where people live together with love, peace and hope.’
To date, Mully Children’s family, or MCF has taken care of and rehabilitated over 12,000 children. Even Dr. Mulli’s children, now adults, have joined him in his humanitarian mission of epic proportions.