Report on the latest activity from Friends of Pakati!

Primary student returning to Pakati school

Well there are several things to report on here at Friends of Pakati. Please have a read, make any suggestions or comments, and also please share with your contacts across social media.

Power supplies at Pakati Secondary school

As previously reported here https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/03/22/urgent-help-needed-power-supply-problems/ the school is currently without power. The Solar Power supply is to be looked at on Monday by an expert, BaAno Mupondiwa, so we will know soon what needs doing and roughly how much it will cost. Friends of Pakati will contribute towards the cost, and has already sent US$60 towards helping the ZESA supply being reconnected as soon as possible. Our ability to help has come from recent donations and sales of merchandise, so thank you to those who gace to us.

Hub for solar power at Pakati Secondary school

Fundraising

Whilst there has been a drop-off in funds coming in, there has still been some limited success. All will be updated at month-end on the pages https://friendsofpakati.com/income-expnditure-monthly-information/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/fundraising/

Planned Activities

I am hearimg that someone closely associated with Friends of Pakati is planning to do a 50 mile/80km bike ride in May. All funds raised from sponsorship will come to Friends of Pakati soon afterwards. As the weather here in the UK improves, I also hear of several people who are planning to join in on the Challenge https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/24/pcs-to-pakati/ to help add to our overall funds.

soon to appear in a video…

Videos & Social Media

This coming week we are preparing the first part of several short videos, both here in the UK and in Zimbabwe. Once prepared & edited, we will increase our social media presence to.include instagram, and maybe youtube as well.

To come soon…

• Latest on the full re-opening of the schools

• New profiles and stories

• Friends of Pakati – Author to be interviewed on Facebook by Auntie Mimiey – 10th April at 7pm UK time – spreading the word to her folliwers, many from the Zimbabwean diaspora

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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