Latest news from Friends of Pakati!

Firstly, I have had word about a second batch of chairs which are being delivered to Pakati Primary school, donated by a former student currently working abroad. The first chairs were delivered back in September, see photos above & below.

Secondly, we have now ordered 100 badges…

…circular, with the design above. Next thing is mugs. We have ordered 50 in total, with 3 different desgins. 20 of the first, and 15 each of the second & third designs:

We are also ordering 50 key rings and 50 coasters, which will have the banner on…

..along with our website address of and if possible, one of the pictures shown in the mug designs seen above. All being well, if we sell enough of them we can order more. If there are events we can attend, we can sell nerchandise, raising more funds for us in the long run. Other items may be ordered if there is a demand, such as t-shirts, mouse mats etc.

We are working on a pricing structure, and full details will be announced once the various items are ready for sale, most likely soon after Xmas.

Thirdly, Stuart Pine, IT manager at Stephenson Group Ltd of Leeds, UK, tells us more about his (and their) imcreased involvement with Friends of Pakati. The story will be based on a wide-ranging interview I had with him recently, which contains a number of positive developments in our collaborations.

Fourthly, discussions are ongoing about our transition from the current informal set-up, to becoming registered as a Charitable Trust. This will bring us greater accountability and scrutiny here in the UK, but will alsoallow us greater recognition, and public trust in our organisation. This can bring benefits, such as access to additional funding and publicity, which ultimately will allow us to help meet our Vision. As this progresses, our Vision will develop to match our Charitable Purposes as a Charitable Trust. Much of this will be included when I post on 16th January, to launch our plans for the coming year.

Finally, I am now preparing our Review of the Year, to be published between Christmas and the New Year. There has been a lot to cover this year!


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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