February highlights at Friends of Pakati

There have been some great stories and photos this month, but one has stood out head and shoulders above the rest in terms of views – the Primary school students wearing their football shirts donated last year by Scunthorpe United. See the post here: https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/17/pakati-primary-new-sports-tops-on-show-as-they-prepare-for-the-zonal-sports-competition/ this was followed by the story of how these shirts ended up at Pakati – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/23/amazing-the-story-behind-our-most-popular-post-so-far/

We should always remember what friendsofpakati is all about – helping the students of both Pakati schools, particularly the development of IT there. Fantastic news from the Stephenson Group once more, who donated the computers delivered last year – they are offering more this year…find out more here: https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/15/great-news-for-pakati-schools/

Mr Chizenya & Mr Chifaka unwrapping and setting up last years donations

Two former Pakati students and regular contributors – Lorraine Mapuranga and Bothwell Riside – add to their stories and update us on their lives post-Pakati here at: https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/12/lorraine-mapuranga-life-after-pakati/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/22/saturday-star-friend-of-pakati-bothwell-riside-brings-us-up-to-date/

The Author reminisced about his early thoughts at Pakati here https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/09/some-memories-from-the-author-and-why-we-need-support-for-pakati/ and brought us up to date with his weight loss challenge – see here: https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/18/this-weeks-weigh-in-and-what-is-to-come-in-the-next-few-days/

Plus Debbie Chadbon, a fellow former teacher at Pakati through VSO, joins in the fundraising campaign for friendsofpakati.com as seen here: https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/10/debbie-joins-the-fundraising-for-friends-of-pakati-and-a-hint-of-other-things-to-come/ and another weeks weight loss is announced http://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/25/weight-loss-update-week-6-trachoma-prevention-and-still-to-come-this-week/

Debbie visiting two of her students in 1992

The AGM at Pakati Secondary school http://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/27/2020-agm-at-pakati-secondary-school/ and sports update https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/02/29/sports-update-pakati-secondary-school/ were added late in February, bringing the month to a close.

Pakati Secondary school, 2020

All in all a busy but fascinating look at life at Pakati from the early 1990’s up to the present day. Hoping for even more to tell you about in March as the various fundraising campaigns start to pick up in preparation for the various events we have planned, as well as the usual reports from both schools on lessons, IT and sports, as well as local community development news and stories from students past and present.


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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