A Tale of Two Primaries….part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our update on Primary schools, this one being about Mapanga, just a few kilometres from Pakati schools. If you recall, we have been trying to help the nearby Mapanga to raise funds towards installing solar power, see https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/04/06/the-plight-of-mapanga-primary-school-not-far-from-pakati/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/04/21/mapanga-solar-project-latest-news/

For this update, I must thank my friend Mrs Maenzanise for the information and photos over a number of messages. It has been a busy time for her as Head of Mapanga, not least because of an arm injury she suffered some months ago which is still affecting her.

Below are the details of what she has sent me recently about life at Mapanga Primary school, and in response to our attempts to help them:

“👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💃🏿 thanks so much for the solar idea. We managed to buy the equipment. Very soon we will have it installed by a different local guy. We did that for it is very cost effective dear. Our money $600 could not meet some of the charges so we were unable to hire the man from Vetronics Solar unfortunately. We are really proud of you. Keep shining God shall bless you abundantly.


We got our solar power installed, so can now charge our phones & provide electricity for such things as the school laptop, internet service and printer. This allows us to keep on top of our administration.

Our learners have been in school for some time, though now we are on a 3-week break.

Many thanks to Friends of Pakati and all others who generously donated the funds we were able to use to get the Solar Power project up & running👏👏👏👏👏👏”

Great to see progress at Mapanga, and we hope we can see more developments at the 5 schools across Ward 14


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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