Patrick Muganda and his wife, Silira, founded and direct Study Observe and Teach Ministry (SOT Ministry). The Term SOT means; Study the community; Observe the community policies, laws, and gaps; and Teach to empower the community to own the policies and increase uptake of community services. It also means Study the word of God; Observe the word of God; and Teach the word of God.
The work which became SOT Ministry began when Patrick saw two children on the streets of Kakamega, Kenya in 1996. One was 4 years old; the other was 3. They had gone without food for three weeks. They were dehydrated. One of them was eating soil for food. Patrick felt compelled to try to make life better for these unfortunate children. He took them to his house; gave them food, clothing, and took them to school. One of those two boys is now in his second year at the university (in college). The other is in secondary school together with many other children who have been helped through SOT Ministry. One of Patrick and Silira’s own children is a medical doctor; another has been accepted into a scientific research study program and is beginning that degree program with the intention of becoming an engineer or a researcher.
The children supported by SOT Ministry consist mostly of children living in households where each child lives on less than $1 (USD)/day and can manage only one meal per day. It is through the support of SOT Ministry that they have any clothing at all to cover their bodies. SOT Ministry provides financial, social and academic aid to disadvantaged children in Kenya. Most of these children are orphans and street children who lost their parents to HIV AIDs. SOT provides the children with uniforms, scholastic materials, and the payment of school fees so they can complete their elementary and secondary education. (Children in Kenya are not allowed to attend school without uniforms or payment of fees.) Being able to go to school can be the difference between living on the street and living a successful and productive life in Kenya. Currently, SOT is working with 20 primary schools and 15 secondary schools.
Reverend Patrick L. Muganda was born in 1961 in Kakamega, Kenya. After secondary school, Patrick got involved in full-time ministry and went to seminary. His wife, Silira, she also attended seminary. They have four children and care for 35 orphans placed with guardians in the community (research has shown that children integrate into the community better when raised by a guardian than in an orphanage). SOT is responsible for all of their clothing, food, uniforms, school fees, medical expenses. In addition to taking care of these children, they make it possible for another 275 disadvantaged children to attend school. They truly are having a positive impact on the lives of many, many individuals and improving the community.
Patrick and Silira also are involved in helping adults with HIV AIDS and adult guardians of disadvantaged children to provide for themselves by distributing seeds and fertilizer to them and teaching them how to grow enough food to sell some of it, eat some of it, and to save the seeds to grow new crops the next season. They help adults get set up for “micro-financing;” these adults plant seedling vegetables and are taught socioeconomic skills through agribusiness training which enables them to start small businesses so they can improve their household income and reach a point of self-sustainability. Patrick and Silira also speak to large groups of care-givers, encouraging them to establish kitchen gardens to alleviate poverty at their household level and to increase the nutrition of their children.
- For God to touch hearts to be willing to support the vision, mission, and objectives of S.O.T.
- For God to open doors for partnership locally and internationally with other Christian organizations, churches, and individuals.
- For God to provide good health and educational needs for the children cared for by S.O.T.
- For God to provide for the physical and emotional needs of ALL of Patrick and Silira’s children.
- For God to provide wisdom, knowledge, and direction for Patrick and Silira with regard to their personal lives, S.O.T. Ministry, and God’s desired path for them