Area developments – projects and problems

This third piece about small scale development projects covers a number of items, and the kind of challenges which they face in order to succeed. Sources for the information are various, but include some regular contributors to the blog, and I am most grateful for their comments.

A community Hall was built, and seed bank for local farmers in the district, officially opened with support from MP Jonah Sewera and Councillor Israel Maliki.

Unfortunately, a localised weather event – storm like contitions with rain and high winds – caused havoc with the community hall and othe smaller family units nearby. The rooves were badly damaged and can be seen strewn across the area.

Mapanga School in Ward 14 Murewa District is undergoing a number of developments, including the building of a classroom block for EDC – Early Childhood Development learners.

Head of Mapanga Primary school Mrs Maenzanise, along with MP Sewera and Councilor Maliki, attending the ceremony for the electrification of the school earlier in 2019.

Children at Mapanga Primary school in one of the classrooms, likely to be turned into a computer lab, and below, on prizegiving day.

A local bread-making/bakery group has been set up in the district.

Some of their wares are shown here on sale near a local commercial centre.

Below, another local school is having new classrooms built, and roofing has been delivered, helped by local school children.

There are people in the area not far from Pakati who have plans to develop businesses, things such as chicken farming. People who have a lot of experience and contacts, and who could very easily set it up, on a small scale to begin with but would have both plans and ability to expand.

What is holding them back, as it is with many people who are planning investments large or small – including this project to a limited extent, is the Zimbabwean economy. It is currently struggling, affecting the lives of many across the country.

Below, a reminder of the Moringa planting at Mapanga Primary school mentioned in a previous blog.

Some of the next few blogs in the New Year will set the scene for the plans for this project, particularly for the fundraising towards our main priorites for the 2020 vision.


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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