Fundraising in 2021 so far – Plus a trailer for an important upcoming post…

https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/13/pcs-to-pakati/

This year we have a big challenge ahead of us, with a target of over £5000 to reach by mid-July. The main idea is to get as many people as possible to walk/run/cycle/wheelchair/swim – by any means but under their own steam (as many times as they wish) – for at least 1 mile and donate at least £1 per mile to us here:

http://Paypal.me/friendsofpakati or http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati

The second main way to contribute is by buying some of our merchandise -see https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/09/friends-of-pakati-merchandise-for-sale/

Thirdly, anyone who wishes may just give us a donation to either http://Paypal.me/friendsofpakati or http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati and it will all be added in to the pot.

First ever computer lesson at Pakati Secindary school, September 2018

So, how far have we got in getting the next batch of donated IT & other assorted goods to Pakati up to now? Well, since the official launch on 16th January this year, we have recieved the following amounts:

Walking challenge: £30.00

Merchandise: £140.00

Donations: £55.00

Total: £225.00

Below is the list of places to pass close to along the way from Bradford to Pakati as the crow flies, including the distances – taken from https://friendsofpakati.com/pcs-to-pakati-check-our-progress/

  1. Bradford to London———————-172———-Total——–172——–22/01/21

2. London to Paris——————————-214————————–386

3. Paris to Cannes——————————-429————————–815

4. Cannes (France) to Cagliari————-318————————-1133

5. Cagliari (Sardinia) to Tunis————-371————————-1505

6. Tunis (Tunisia) to Tripoli—————-228————————-1732

. Tripoli (Lybia) to Sabha——————–411————————-2143

8. Sabha (Lybia) to Abeche—————–902————————-3045

9. Abeche (Chad) to Yalinga—————-532————————-3577

10. Yalinga (CAR) to Kisangani———–435————————-4012

11. Kisangani (DRC) to Lubumbashi—796————————-4808

12. Lubumbashi (DRC) to Ndola———120————————4928

13. Ndola (Zambia) to Harare————367————————5295

14. Harare (Zimbabwe) to Pakati———45————————5340

15. Pakati

Right now, therefore, we have our goods somewhere between London and Paris, over the English Channel!

Coming soon on Friends of Pakati….

I spoke recently to Stuart Pine, IT manager at the Stephenson Group from Leeds, England. He was the one who instigated contact, offering to donate PC’s to us back in 2019. Below is a very brief quote from the forthcoming blog…

What do you think about the project itself, and the blog?

I liked the story you told on the radio broadcast, and thought it would be great to see the computers going where they would be used to benefit the schools concerned. Our company, the Stephenson Group Ltd prides itself on its community support, both here in the UK and internationally, not least because we trade in many different parts of the world.

Stuart with the Author in 2019

I keep up to date with the blog regularly, and really enjoy the stories of the students past and present, along with other community developments. The company likes to see how its donations are being used at the two Pakati schools, and we are delighted to be able to offer more equipment through your project.”

Much more to come from the interview, including a surprise or two…

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 14 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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