Great news for Pakati schools!

Remember this from last year?

Guess what? The Stephenson Group from Horsforth, Leeds have come up trumps again with the following email I have recently recieved….

Hi Chris,

I hope you are keeping well.

I have about 10 PC’s which are available for donation for the schools if you are interested, I do have a couple of monitors and some keyboards/ mice.  There is also a mono laser printer.

Hopefully you are interested in them but if not just let me know.


Stuart and Richard from the Stephenson Group are seen either side of the Author on the day the donated IT equipment was collected last year

Not surprisingly, I replied with a YES PLEASE! as this will help us meet one of the key priorities for 2020. It gives us a lift to make sure we can raise enough money to send them to Pakati in the same way, in time for my next planned visit in September.

We will be able hopefully to buy any additional items as necessary, such as enough monitors, cables and power multi-sockets as we did last year.

Primary school students getting the chance to try out their compuuters

These donations will mean more students will get opportunities to access IT, in a lesson set-up. 10 computers will be enough to run formal lessons for both schools.

Below is my reply to Stuart’s email:

Hi Stu! Thank you for the email, I am absolutely delighted that you are willing once again to donate your computers to Pakati schools. So the answer is definitely YES PLEASE👍🏽As I continue to fundraise for the schools, you will know that more IT equipment is one of several priorities for this year. The funds raised will once again allow me to buy the extra monitors, cables & any other items needed such as printers, mice(?) and keyboards. Also it will help us pay to instal the internet, and provide additional security.Whatever items you can provide will be very gratefully received by the schools and community. I look forward to visiting you at Stephenson Group once more, and of course will be more than happy to get involved in any positive publicity for you. Keep me informed on when you might have them ready to collect. Thank you so much! Kind regards, Chris Walker, Friends of Pakati

First use of computers at Pakati Secondary school, September 2019

Soon after, I heard back from Stuart at Stephenson Group, with a bit more information. Once more Friends of Pakati are very grateful to the group, and look forward to providing them with regular updates on how their donations are being used. THANK YOU!!

Here is how Stuart replied…..

Thanks Chris,

I am glad you are happy to accept the donations again, it may increase but that will be the minimum number you will get from us.

I will have a couple of monitors and I should be able to supply the keyboards and mice.  I will also be able to supply you with Data cables and some network equipment so you will be able to get all the PC’s up and running.


In reply, on behalf of both schools, I thanked Stuart and the Stephenson group for their continued support for Friends of Pakati.

A young learner at the Primary gets the chance to try out IT for the first time

This will of course give fresh impetus for the fundraising efforts. So far there is the weight loss by the Author, Debbie’s 10km run, Scunthorpe United fans ‘Get TIED UP for Pakati’, plus still some football shirts to be sold…other initiatives may yet arise…things seem to be moving quickly now, and there are a number of other articles in the pipeline – just keep your eyes open for more great stories from Friends of Pakati!


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.

7 thoughts on “Great news for Pakati schools!

  1. May the Lord protect you Chris and give you strength and good health so that your vision and the work you have started for our community is accomplished/Fulfilled. Extend our appreciation to Stephenson group,we really appreciate THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!

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