Covid-19…updates

With things moving quickly, I thought I would update the information from earlier today – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/03/18/corona-virus-impact-on-friends-of-pakati/ – of what is happening, both in Zimbabwe and the UK, as both have an impact on the project potentially.

Debbie in training…but for which event?

I received an email from Debbie Chadbon today informing me that her planned 10km run in Bristol, due to have happened in early May, has been cancelled. This means one of the key fundraising events will be delayed. Debbie’s intention is still to run a 10km for us, we just do not know when or where yet. Obviously we will update on here once we know more.

As I mentioned earlier today, I am now intending to visit Zimbabwe in January/February 2021 instead of this September. The fundrasing will slow down for a while, but all will relaunch as soon as possible, although online fundraising will continue, see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/03/16/important-changes-to-fundraising-activities so again, I will update on here when things look like they are returning to normal.

Students in class at Pakati Primary school

In the UK, all schools will have closed from Friday this week. In Zimbabwe border crossings are being affected, and schools are due to close from 2nd April to 5th May. I am told the two Pakati schools are going through information and instructions on dealing with the virus, as are all other local schools such as Mapanga Primary where they are having lessons at assemblies, with teachers demonstrating ways of washing hands under running water. They can use 5-litre containers or use buckets. I am hoping to have photos and/or short videos showing whst these schools are doing, and will publish them when I get them.

Assembly at Pakati Secondary school

There are unconfirmed reports of deaths from the virus in Zimbabwe, only a small number so far reported unofficially. In the UK it has moved to 104. Please stay safe and look after youselves, your families and communities.

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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