Meet our first regular donor – Sharlom Chaitika!


Friends of Pakati is delighted to introduce Sharlom Chaitika, who was mentioned in a previous blog

She has a link to Pakati, which will become clear as you read her brief story below:

“My name is Sharlom Chaitika. I am 27 years old ,I was born and raised in the Zimbabwe. I moved to the U.K. during my O levels. I did not attend Pakati school but I went to Dudley Hall Primary school and eventually went to Presbyterian secondary school and Chibi hHgh School in Zimbabwe, both boarding schools.

Currently I work as a Biomedical Scientist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and I have a passion for music, outdoors, and science. Also I love serving my community, as I have aspirations to one day build a school in Zimbabwe, offering education to those from less fortunate backgrounds.

This is what inspired me to come on board and help out with Pakati schools, for me I believe this is paying it forward. I came across Friends of Pakati via my Facebook page, and now I believe this is so because one of my primary school teachers, Mr Bothwell Riside, is very much involved with Friends of Pakati. He is an inspiration and passionate about education.

The Author with Bothwell Riside, September 2019

Throughout my primary school days he helped me excel and help me transition from being a day scholar to boarding school life. He also spoke with my parents here in the U.K. continually updating them on my progress and well being. Not just me either, he also went on to teach my brother and sister who went to the same primary school. Nyasha and Poula Chaitika, both are now doing extremely well in their chosen field of work.

Lastly, it is an honour to help Friends of Pakati, though it may not be much hopefully that little can go a long way. I am honoured to be part of something great and praying for greater things on Friends of Pakati’s behalf in the future.”

So, the link, if a bit tenuous is this: Sharlom is the former student of a former Pakati student! However, we welcome her willingness to support us here at Friends if Pakati, and hope many others will join her.

To donate, please go to or to

If you are willing to do as Sharlom does, please email me at so an arrangement can be made.


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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