Dr. Charles Mutua Mulli* was born in January 1949 in Kangundo, Kenya; the firstborn in a family of eight. At the time, his parents were living in extreme poverty. When Charles was just six years old, they left in search of better living, abandoning him to the care of his aunt, who was also impoverished. She had minimal resources to support Charles, let alone her own children.
However, with the help of the community, Charles underwent elementary and intermediate education at Kathithyamaa Intermediate School, completing grade 8 in 1966. He earned certificates in evangelism and basic accounting in 1967 and 1968, respectively. Charles completed several other workshops and seminars, and thereafter, through correspondence, pursued short courses in Evangelism and Theology organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1993, and Youth Evangelism and Leadership sponsored by Youth for Christ International in 1994. In 2009, Charles Mulli was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humanities by the United Graduate College and Seminary. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Social Work from Kabarak University.
Dr. Mulli is married to Esther Nthenya, and together they have eight biological children. Although the realities of operating Mully Children’s Family presented challenges over the years, today all of Charles and Esther’s children have shed their resentment and embrace MCF with love, compassion, and concern for the orphans they serve.
Employment and Business
Armed with his grade eight education, Charles Mulli pursued a wide range of opportunities prior to founding Mully Children’s Family. Early on, he attempted to join the military, but was not recruited. This marked a turning point in his life, after which he resolved to work hard to flee from the poverty that had characterized his childhood.
In 1967, Dr. Mulli found employment as a casual laborer in a home in Nairobi. His diligence and hard work led to a job as a clerk at a horticultural farm in Kakuzi. In 1968, he was hired as a store manager and data clerk with a German construction company working in Kenya. From his savings, he bought a car in 1971 and converted it into a taxi, working the 97-mile (156 km) stretch from Eldoret to Nakuru. Through diligence and God’s blessing, his business grew in volume and size to become “Mullyways,” a transportation business conglomerate operating a fleet of vehicles.
While operating Mullyways, Dr. Mulli’s business interests also expanded into insurance and securities, motor vehicle components and accessories, and LPG gas distribution in Western Kenya.
Dr. Mulli accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord in 1965. His faith sustained him through much suffering and hardship. While serving as a minster of the Gospel and Christian youth leader, he interacted with many of Kenya’s esteemed ministry leaders.
Among other roles, Dr. Mulli has served as Chairman of the African Inland Church Fellowship in Eldoret; Chairman of AIC Uasin Gishu District Church Council (DCC); and as a member of the central council of the AIC. He was the founder of Youth for Christ (YFC) Western Kenya, and served as Director of that office for ten years.
*NOTE: While his given name is Mulli, for the sake of international audiences and in keeping with the chosen name of his organization—Mully Children’s Family with a “y”—the decision was made to promote the movie using the same spelling. Obviously, not every media outlet will make this distinction.