It’s a well-known saying: “The best test of a nation’s righteousness is how it treats the poorest and most vulnerable in its midst.”
When Dr. Charles Mully was growing up in Kenya, he quickly learned that his home country was seriously lacking in this department. Mully lived in an abusive home for the first six years of his life. His dad was an alcoholic, too. When he was abandoned at just six years old, though, things truly became a struggle.Pixabay
For 10 years, he survived as a beggar, living on the streets. Though he attended and finished primary school, Mully couldn’t afford secondary school. Growing tired of being homeless, Mully took it upon himself to walk more than 40 miles to Nairobi, where he found a job in a private home.
Eventually, Mully gained more lucrative employment and was able to save up enough money to buy a vehicle. From there, he started his first business — a transportation company. He went on to start multiple other companies and by his late 20s, the once-homeless boy was valued in the millions.Facebook
He had a loving wife, seven children, and more money than he could have ever dreamed of…
But one day, he decided to give it all up.
When his car was stolen by street children, he saw himself in them. Knowing that he had to help them, rather than giving them money to return his car, he took on a new life passion: saving underprivileged children.
He had long felt guilty for all his wealth and when he was confronted by the homeless kids, he saw an opportunity. Mully liquidated all his businesses and began bringing children back to his family’s home.Facebook
The once-wealthy entrepreneur’s family thought he was crazy. Mully even went so far as to send his children off to higher education at boarding schools so he could make more room in their home for other street kids.
Eventually, though, everyone came around, witnessing firsthand what Mully was doing for hundreds of children.
From 1989 to 1995, Mully and his wife took in more than 300 children. But their home was too small for such numbers, so they began looking for a new place to run Mully Children’s Family (MCF).Facebook
The organization found land in an arid part of Kenya and began building. Soon, the Ndalani outpost was a 503-acre self-sustaining farm. Mully continued to take in more and more children, educating them, housing them, and showing them that love existed in the world. Facebook
Since the beginning, Mully and his family have taken in more than 13,000 children. They’ve gone on to become engineers, doctors, teachers, lawyers, and scientists. And nowadays, there are multiple MCF outposts. Mully’s goal is to start a university, too.Facebook
Watch the video below, which is a trailer for a limited-release documentary about Mully’s inspirational story.