Having been established by Kelvin Mwikya, an ex-prisoner, and formally incorporated as a charity in 2002 Philemon has come a long way from its humble beginnings.
After being wrongly convicted and serving four years in prison, Kelvin left prison with nowhere to turn or go to on release. After finding eventually finding work, Kelvin was inspired to use his humble wages to support fellow prisoners and bought toilet paper and soap for use by prisoners. Kelvin returned to the prisons to donate the items to save Bible’s being used as toilet paper, having recognised the power and freedom the Bible could have for both prisoners and wardens.
Today the work of Philemon has grown and its impact is being felt throughout Kenya.