Charles Mulli

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Dr. Charles Mutua Mulli
Born 1949 (age 69)
Kathithyamaa, Kangundo, Machakos
Nationality Kenyan
Citizenship Kenya
Occupation Philanthropist
Years active 1949 - Present
Spouse(s) Esther Nthenya Mulli
Children Isaac Mulli, Grace Mutua, Ndondo Mutua, Dickson Mulli


Ev. Dr. Charles Mutua Mulli (1949- ) is a celebrated social entrepreneur and the founder and chief executive officer of Mully Children's Family[1] (MCF). MCF is a Christian, non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Kenya that works with disadvantaged populations to transform their lives and enable them to lead and dignified lives. Mulli is the subject of the documentary film Mully[2], directed by Scott Haze, which was released in October, 2017.

Early life and family[edit]

Charles Mutua Mulli was born in 1949 in Kathithyamaa Village in Kangundo, Machakos, Kenya. [3]Abandoned by his family at age six, he spent his adolescence begging on the streets.[4] Mulli attended the Kyamulendu and Kathithyamaa schools in Kangundo, Machakos. Completing his primary education in 1966, he was unable to enter secondary school because he could not afford it. At age 17, Mulli accepted Jesus into his life after walking into a church and going through an experience that he believed had allowed him to attain salvation. Mulli walked 70 kilometres (43 mi) to Nairobi in search of employment. He found work at a private home where his duties included tilling the garden, washing clothes, cooking in the kitchen, and other domestic chores. A year later, Mulli was promoted to a farm assistant and transferred to Kakuzi Farm in Thika where he met his future wife, Esther Nthenya. They married on December 22, 1970, and had eight biological children according to this official source (


In 1970, Mulli began working at Strabag Road Construction Company where he oversaw the company's supplies. He remained with the company until 1972. With the money he earned working for Strabag, Mulli bought a vehicle and began operating a public transport service running between Eldoret and Nyaru.[5] He also began engaging in agricultural business ventures.

Mulli founded the Mullyways Agencies, a transportation business conglomerate, in the 1970s, becoming very wealthy, with assets valued in millions of shillings. He also served as chairman of the boards for several international schools in Kenya between 1970 and 1991, which included Kessup Girls Schools, Kaptagat Preparatory School and Chebisaas High School.[3]

In 1989, Mulli sold all his property and businesses, and dedicated the proceeds to helping street children through rescue, shelter, medical care, psychosocial support, and education. Currently, Mully Children's Family has just under 3,000 children in their centers in Ndalani, Yatta, Kitale, Kilifi, Lodwar and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Since 1989, Charles and Esther Mulli have taken in more than 23,000 abandoned children.[3]


Dr. Mulli is a celebrated philanthropist and has been recognized with awards by several organizations including: Robert W. Pierce Award (1999), World Vision International (Angel of Hope in 2002), The Jubilee Insurance Company Samaritan's Award (2007), Med Assets International USA (2008), Head of State Commendation of the Republic of Kenya (2009), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2010. In 2012, Mulli received the Family Philanthropy Award from the East African Grant Makers Association in recognition of his contribution to philanthropic work and its impact in initiating sustainable projects. In 2014, he received an award in education at the Transform Kenya Awards.


In 2009, Charles Mulli was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities by the United Graduate College and Seminary. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Social Work from Kabarak University.


He is the author of My Journey of Faith and Christian Heroes: Then and Now – Charles Mulli: We are Family, and also the subject of two autobiographies and a children's book written by Paul H. Boge: Father to The Fatherless, Hope for The Hopeless, and The Biggest Family In The World.


In 2014, actor and filmmaker, Scott Haze, along with Lukas Behnken and Elissa Shay and funded by Bardis Productions (John Bardis), journeyed to MCF to document the story in film. Through re-enactments, historical and home footage, as well as present day interviews, the Mulli's story was retold in the documentary, Mully. After various showings at film festivals around the nation, in 2016 For Good, LLC picked up the film for distribution, and after partnering with Focus on the Family and Fathom Events, announced a 3-day special event in 700-800 theaters on Oct. 3, 4, and 5, 2017.[6]

Mully Children's Family[edit]

Mully Children's Family (MCF) is a Christian charitable organization working with disadvantaged children and young adults to enable them to lead dignified livelihoods.

MCF has designed its services along the lines of social entrepreneurship by investing in income generating activities to sustainably fund and scale up charity work. It integrates child rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration while creating safety nets in the community to provide an environment conducive for child survival.

Program areas[edit]

There are ten areas of intervention: child protection, education and life skills, future leaders program, health care, food security and agriculture, socio-economic empowerment, water and sanitation, promotion of social justice, climate change mitigation and partnerships.

Child protection using holistic transformational development provides children with a home fit for human habitation, growth and development. This includes rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration, psychosocial support, and a sense of community.

MCF is offers a broad range of educational opportunities and experience to children and youths of varied ages, backgrounds, interests and needs such as mentorship and coaching, vocational training, and kindergarten through college-level educational opportunity.

The future leaders program provides youth mentoring and coaching teaching leadership and entrepreneurial skills through student internships, peer counselor training, and a volunteer program.

MCF offers health care programs that promote the well-being of children, women and the larger community through free medical care, comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment, and free medical camps.

The charity ensures that the children and communities they serve have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs. It offers comprehensive nutritional care for children, a school feeding program, dryland farming, emergency relief food distribution, water harvesting/conservation for irrigation farming, distribution of milk goats to communities, livestock farming. and globally certified produce for export.

MCF empowers community members as well as creates sustained awareness on development issues, poverty alleviation, and child care support programs by creating job opportunities for women and youth and the transfer of knowledge and skills.

The organization improves access to clean water and sanitation through water harvesting, conservation and distribution, and construction of pit latrines.

MCF enhances access to justice for children, women and the vulnerable in the society through child/gender protection training, the establishment of child/gender protection units/desks in police stations, child rights education and school mentorship programs, community education initiatives, and participation in policy formulation and implementation.

MCF promotes environmental conservation and the use of renewable energy as a means to mitigate the effects of climate change with activities such as tree planting and environmental conservation campaigns, promotion of green energy initiatives, water harvesting and conservation for dryland farming, and Adopt-a-Tree campaigns among children and youth in schools.

The charity works with government, and like-minded individuals/organizations, to support programs, initiate services, and replicate best practices in child care, food security, climate change, community empowerment, and entrepreneurial income generating activities.


  1. ^ "Kenyan film Mully listed for Oscars". Daily Nation. 
  2. ^ "Mully - The World's Largest Family". 
  3. ^ a b c Paul H. Boge; Bruce Wilkinson (2005). Father to the Fatherless: The Charles Mulli Story. BayRidge Books. ISBN 978-1-897213-02-5. Archived from the original on 2017-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Kenya's Charles Mulli, Father to the Fatherless". Calgary Herald. 2014-12-13. Archived from the original on 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Miraculous 'Mully': A documentary about an "impossible" story that is completely true". – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – 2017-09-27. Archived from the original on 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (June 21, 2017). "Fathom Events To Spread Love Of 'Mully' In Special Screening". Archived from the original on November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 

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