Life can be difficult sometimes…

To get to Pakati area, there is a dirt road leading from Musami heading East, which crosses the Shavanhowe river by means of a low bridge at a dip in the road.

September 2018

The Shavanhowe river ultimately joins the Zambezi & flows into the Indian Ocean via Mozambique. During the rainy season in Zimbabwe, November to March, the river flows much more, and at times can overrun the bridge.

During this time, the area can be cut off, meaning people can not get in or out. Trips to the city to see friends or family have to be delayed, but as the nearest hospital is in Musami at St. Pauls Mission, it can be a more serious problem. Thankfully this is a rare occasion, maybe only a couple of days a year but it makes life difficult when it does happen.


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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