A request and a rest….

The Author at home today 3rd April 2020

I would like to make a request, to all who are in one way or another, a Friend of Pakati. Whether you are a sponsor or a donor, a teacher of either Pakati school in the past or present, a follower of us on this website/blog, on twitter or on facebook, or a former student of either or both Pakati school, or someone who has become interested in this project, I am requesting something please – can you tell me how you are dealing with the various levels of lockdown you are experiencing? can you send me any short videos or photos? Anything you would be happy for me to include on the blog to share.

I want to tell your stories, compare what is happening with others wherever you are in the world, share tales good or bad, and illustrate them where possible.

Please contact me through these links:




http://friendsofpakati.com here on the blog there is a contact page

This week sees a fall to 103.8kg, down from 113.4 since it began 11 weeks ago

A REST…from fundraising for the time being. Most activities have necessarily halted temporarily, so it makes sense to pause for now. I am still losing weight so that will continue, but will not be asking for donations right now – but if anyone DOES feel like giving, however small, then the fundraising page remains open 24/7


Please stay safe – follow the advice on staying home, social distancing, self isolation – stop the virus from apreading so we can meet again in the not too distant future.


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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