Charles Mully: From Wealth to Selflessness in Saving Kenya’s Abandoned Children


When thinking of the most influential philanthropists and revolutionaries, Charles Mully might not immediately come to mind. However, the new documentary Mully aims to change that. It tells the extraordinary story of how this Kenyan-born man rose from the slums of Africa to become a multi-millionaire, only to give it all away to rescue abandoned children.

Charles Mully’s journey began on the streets of Kenya after being abandoned by his family. His father, an out-of-work alcoholic, left Charles to fend for himself while his mother struggled to raise the family with no support. Left behind one morning, Charles turned to begging and survival tactics.

In his teenage years, Charles walked to Nairobi in search of paid work. A stranger’s generosity landed him a job as a farmhand, which eventually led to a leadership position and the opportunity to start his own businesses. He became very wealthy and built a thriving family.

Despite his success, Charles felt increasingly detached from the children still living in poverty. Confronted by his lack of generosity towards street children, he felt compelled by God to leave his wealth behind and start the Mully Children’s Family (MCF). Since 1989, MCF has rescued and rehabilitated over 25,000 children from the slums.

In an interview with Hope 103.2, Charles said, “When I didn’t give to those in need, it reminded me of how I was very, very poor and used to beg.” He prayed, asking for forgiveness and for love to help those in need.

Hollywood actor and director Scott Haze (Venom, Jurassic World: Dominion) discovered Charles’ story in the book Father to the Fatherless. Skeptical at first, Scott traveled to Kenya to meet Charles and his family. After earning their trust, Scott confirmed that the book’s accounts were true and even more remarkable in person.

Charles’ Christian faith drove his actions, a sentiment Scott resonated with. “What resonated was the faith Charles had—that he’d made this decision to rescue children and believed that God would support him. A lot of people thought Charles was crazy, but his faith and actions have echoed across Africa,” Scott said.

Mully is now available for free streaming. Scott believes the film’s message of hope is particularly timely amid the current pandemic. “There’s been so much pain globally, and people are struggling to find purpose. This movie is what the world needs right now,” he said.

Reflecting on the pandemic, Scott added, “I firmly believe that God is involved in everything. In James 1, it talks about being faithful in a storm—that’s what Charles embodies. He faced situations where he ran out of food or money but had faith it would work out. He controlled what he could and trusted God with what he couldn’t.”

As Charles considers the impact of the movie, he said, “I’d like to encourage anyone watching that you should not despair or give up. There is always hope when you trust in yourself and believe that God can do all things.”