More of what people say about Friends of Pakati

It has been a pleasure to read so many positive comments from diffrrent people, we get great encouragement from all of them. They are a follow-up to the earlier comnents we reported recently here – – please read on!

First let us hear ftom Mrs Pindura, Deputy Head of Pakati Secondary school:

“The blog is very insightful and refreshing. I like your vision of bringing the Pakati community and its alumni together through sharing stories on the blog. I have seen many people moved by your efforts on the blog enough to see your vision as it is and want to step ahead with you, e.g. donors who have given us computers, sports uniforms among many other things. Your efforts in facilitating all this and personal expenses incurred is very much appreciated. I like the fact that you have managed to mobilise local leaders to rally behind you because they have seen that you dont just talk but act well. Your word is to be trusted and for that we thank you. I hope more people chip in, more alliances continue to be forged, and I hope the blog continues to be interactive and flourish.”

Jim Coulson, left, interviewing Daniel (age 13 then!) as Max Bell looks on

Jim Coulson, freelance content writer, radio presenter and video maker, plus former Stadium Announcer at Scunthorpe United: “It’s amazing to see the great work going on through this project and everyone should be so proud of what they have achieved and are continuing to do. Also, I’m a big fan of spreading the word of Scunthorpe United far and wide too!”

Pastor Aggie Joramu Fombo

Contributor to Friends of Pakati ( Pastor Aggie “Chris you are doing so well in collecting all these stories from different people with a Pakati School history. You are doing such an amazing job for our community – keep up the good work! Much love from Zimbabwe👍

Neal Campbell

Neal Campbell, Chair of the Scunthorpe United Official Supporters Club (SUOSC) told me recently that…: “I think the blog looks good. Hearing about other people’s perspective and how the blog works has been educational, how sending a message has truly enabled people to be empowered. You are truly inspirational to those who most need it.”

Portia Nemaruru

Recent contributor Portia Nemaruru ( Commented in the blog recently: “Thank you Mr Walker for the platform for us to be reunited, motivated, inspired and also to learn more … this is a great job you are doing and l really appreciate it, thumbs up👍👍”

Recent follower of Friends of Pakati, Hoora Hajee, had this to say: ” Absolutely inspiring stories!
The set up of the website is fantastic and easy to use too.”

Lervena Mkudu, another regular follower, messaged me not long ago: “You are doing a great job at Pakati”

Emmanuel sent us a lovely message a couple of weeks ago: “Very interesting and inspiring stories! I enjoyed reading them. Please continue with your efforts to uplift and make a positive change to the lives of the school children, and ultimately, community of the area. The impact will be felt for many many years to come.”

The Author, September 2018

If you have any comments, criticisms or thoughts/ideas about the content, the website or the project as a whole, then please do let us know👍 or Thank you!


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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