Update on funds, and things to come….

First, let me update you on the funding situation… https://friendsofpakati.com/fundraising/ is where you will find all the relevant details, but just wanted to mention about one payment, and two donations…

Firstly, as briefly mentioned in the previous blog post, Pakati Primary school has had some chairs donated – full story still to come as more are on the way – but I had a request from Mr Mahachi, Head of the school, for financial help with the cost of transporting them form Harare to the school.

To help the school cope with 2 separate deliveries, it was agreed to send US$100.00 via a trusted intermediary, and it is safely now in the hands of Mr Mahachi. It cost us £80.83 of the money we have, to send the US$ to Pakati Primary. There was then £234.13 remaiming before the 2 new donations are added in. I also forwarded a letter – Intention to Donate – to Mr Mahachi. Following two further donations from work colleagues recently, our new total now stands at £294.13

Now for advance notice of things to come…

Firstly, already mentioned here is the story behind the donated chairs…I am waiting for the full details from the donor so I can tell the tale of a long-distance gift.

Secondly, I had a long conversation with someone who, some of you may remember, was instrumental in getting us the computers we took to Pakati last year….

…and we discussed many things, including the promise to donate of more equipment next year, and a possibility of more by the time we are ready to ship them out.

We talked about potential additonal help from the Stephemson Group Ltd, ideas for fundraising, merchandising, publicity/promotion, possible involvement of some schools in the UK, becoming a trustee as we move towards charitable status, and what he thought about the project & website/blog overall.

Thirdly, there is at least one surprise to come out of it, which will be in the forthcoming blog I am preparing fo release in the next two weeks. This has since lead to an interesting suggestion, during a whats app group chat, but that will be revealed at a later date….

Lastly, there are stories and profiles still being worked, which will continue to be posted – personal profiles, school information, developments, updates, and anything else of interest to Friends of Pakati as it comes up.

Keep following, reading, sharing and, where possible, donating http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati Thanks👍😁


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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