View of the visit and what is coming soon…

Bothwell, my host and guide, gives his view on the recent visit…but for myself I just saw it as a homecoming, getting the chance to reminisce about my time at Pakati.

“Having taught at Pakati school in the late 80s and part of early 90’s, Chris has been one of the easiest guests for me to host, as l had offered him my car and services throughout the duration of his trip. Difference in culture, food, climate and language could have had posed a major challenge to host, but his adaptability and ability to mix and mingle with people from different social backgrounds were no drawback. Lest we forget that it’s the community that he lived in during those previoysly mentioned years. “

An appreciating community
“Having worked with Chris for years, the Pakati schools community in particular and Murewa inhabitants in general know him, and are aware of his determination. The level of underdevelopment in the area was not a deterrent when he first came to Pakati. Conspicuous was a rapturous welcome he received when he stopped by the school sign post for a photo. The inhabitants from houses near came out to welcome and greet him as one of their own. The feelings were spontaneous while the smiles and exchange of laughter were natural. Chris remains in people’s mind as they do in his. “


Brought District to a standstill
“The occasion celebrating the donations brought the whole district to a standstill, all people who are at executive management level in the district graced it. I had the privilege to have first hand information on all that was happening. Most of the people we met had genuine expressions of warmth, and we received some tokens of appreciation, while others invited us for breakfast and just a mere chat. Notable among these were the councillor for ward 14 who invited us to his house and he gave us a hen: in African culture if a visitor is given a hen you would have been given a special welcome. The MP we have was interacting with people from his constituency in such a friendly manner. A memorable occasion.”

COMING SOON….

A very special guest is busy preparing her own memories of life at Pakati….I am sure it will bring back many happy memories for those who know/knew her. I hear she is mapping out her article as I write this….

Author:

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 spent the last 13 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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