Currey Ingram Academy welcomed Dr. Charles Mutua Mulli, a celebrated social entrepreneur and the founder and chief executive officer of Mully Children's Family (MCF) at a Middle School and Upper School assembly this afternoon. 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 dignified lives. Mulli’s philanthropy caught the eyes of Hollywood director Scott Haze, who made it into a documentary movie, “Mully,” which has since been nominated for the Oscars. In sharing his inspiring story of going from an orphan on the streets of Kenya to one of Africa’s richest entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Dr. Mulli encouraged Currey Ingram students to work hard, to focus on their education and to respect their parents and teachers. “You are very important. You are the future leaders of America, in fact the world,” said Dr. Mulli to the students.
In traveling the United States this month, Dr. Mulli is bringing his message of hope, love and empowerment. Through MCF, Dr. Mulli has helped more than 13,000 orphans over the course of the organization’s 28-year history. From bringing street children into his home to provide them with food, shelter and love, MCF has grown into an organization with six facilities throughout Kenya that includes learning and training centers, sustainability agricultural projects, environmental conservation and development projects especially in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation; and supporting community education and development initiatives.
A special thank you to the Tannehill family, whose son River is a senior in the Upper School, who invited Dr. Mulli to Currey Ingram Academy. Currey Ingram Academy’s has a deep interest in Mulli’s story because of the school’s involvement in WE Kenya, a non-profit that partners with the Maasai and Kipsigis communities in southwestern Kenya to build schools, libraries, water projects, latrines, kitchens and teacher accommodations. Started by Currey Ingram Middle School students under the direction of teacher Dawn Pilotti, the Currey Ingram WE Kenya Club has raised $15,000 to build a school in Kipsongol, Kenya. Student raised funds through cookie sales, T-shirt sales, coffee sales, coin drives and dress down days.
A handful of Upper School students who were a part of the original WE Kenya Club in the middle school also assist in the program because of the impact the club had on them. “I am involved because I think my passion for any cause related to education comes from the fact that I'm dyslexic. As a dyslexic, learning did not come easy for me so obtaining an education is something I will never take for granted. I'm so thankful that Currey Ingram Acadmey and others have helped me achieve an education, so now I want to pay it forward and help others,” said Addison Barnes, a sophomore.
Located in Brentwood, Tenn., just miles from Nashville and Franklin, Currey Ingram Academy is a K-12 independent, college-preparatory day school for students with unique learning styles and/or learning differences. Since moving to this campus in 2002, the school has welcomed families from 33 states and eight countries who cite the school as their primary reason for moving to Middle Tennessee.
Currey Ingram Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and AdvancEd/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).