Updates: donations, goods, Author’s visit to Pakati

My hometown football club

Following the very generous donation this week by Scunthorpe United F. C. chairman Peter Swann, the total has moved on significantly. This will allow friendsofpakati.com the chance to provide and deliver more IT equipment in the coming months, and/or other items the Heads of both schools feel are most needed to benefit their students.

Goods wrapped ready for transport

According to the shipping company, the goods we have acquired, boxed and wrapped, are now well on their way from the UK to Zimbabwe. This is earlier than originally planned, but I have given them a safe address in Harare to deliver to. When I arrive at Harare International Airport in just over two weeks, I will collect the goods and take them to Pakati soon afterwards.

September 2018 – arrival!

I have very generously been offered accommodation by a number of people in Zimbabwe, including relatives, but most notably by some former students of Pakati. They are kindly allowing me to stay with them and their families in Harare, Marondera, and close to Pakati Secondary school.

September 2018

A significant part of my visit to Zimbabwe will be spent at Pakati. I understand a welcome event is being planned to celebrate the arrival of the goods, but in addition to this, I hope to be involved in the setting up of the equipment at both the Primary and Secondary schools. I am keen to help the staff and students at this important time for them. Full details will be added to this blog whenever I can during the visit. I hope to see a number of friends old and new…

Mr and Mrs Masawi, September 2018

I can hardly wait…..!


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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