Friends of Pakati – 6 Months Review

Welcome to our review! Here is our look back at the 6 months up to the end of June 2021. We look at some of our most important and/or successful posts, as well as our progress financially. Also, we take a look at key developments at Friends of Pakati. We start, naturally, in January…

2021 began with the fiirst blog introducing our new merchandise for sale https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/03/facebook-post-today-goods-on-sale-soon/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/09/friends-of-pakati-merchandise-for-sale/

We also had our most successful individual profile to date, with over 100 views for https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/06/former-pakati-student-rev-aggie-fombo-part-3-working-with-the-disadvantaged/

We introduced our aim to raise enough funds to send the computers to Pakati – whenever that may be.. https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/24/pcs-to-pakati/ so our finances are looking pretry good so far this year, as can be seen here https://friendsofpakati.com/income-expnditure-monthly-information/

The continuing Coronavirus global pandemic has not left Pakati unaffected, and we have covered its impact more than once… https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/22/new-lockdown-affecting-pakati-schools-and-pakati-people/ plus https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/03/03/pakati-chanetsa-mapanga-schools-to-re-open/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/03/25/back-in-full-swing-this-week/

Regarding Friends of Pakati ourselves, there have been some key posts, starting with the interview https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/02/06/interview-with-stuart-from-the-stephenson-group-ltd-our-it-donors/ , while several good things have come from an interview the Author did on facebook, it really starts at 3 minutes in.. https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/04/11/full-video-of-facebook-interview/

Fundraising efforts have been spearheaded by Debbie Chadbon recently, with her bike ride raising £275.00 towards our ever-increasing total – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/05/23/success-debbie-pauls-bike-ride-completed/

We have continued to publish profiles of people from Pakati, including these https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/06/06/weekend-star-tinashe-mudzvatangi/https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/06/01/meet-our-first-regular-donor-sharlom-chaitika/ and https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/02/14/weekend-star-former-pakati-student-remigio-kubhadya-in-wildlife-protection/

Power supplies have been a frequent topic here, primarily at Pakati Secondary https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/04/01/electricity-fully-restored/ and at Mapanga Primary (a nearby school). We tried to help the raise money for a new solar power installation, and recently saw the results https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/06/10/a-tale-of-two-primaries-part-2/

Perhaps my personal favourite post has been this one… https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/05/05/thank-you-scunthorpe-united-video-from-friends-of-pakati/ because of this video:

Finally, a surprise in mid-June has been the new partnership we have with The TeamCaro Foundation. The blog we posted about their support, and the prospects for more co-operation, was our most successful for over a year, with well over 200 views https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/06/13/great-new-support-welcome-to-the-teamcaro-foundation/

The partnership with The TeamCaro Foundation is already bearing fruit too…I was due to speak on 3rd July at the event below, as briefly mentioned in the blog post above. However, as reported here https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/06/19/friends-of-pakati-hope-for-the-future/ it has been moved to a new date, most likely 7th August. Much more to come about this afterwards…

Confirmed – change of date to 7th August

With a number of things bubbling up in the background, the next 6 months could really bring Friends of Pakati further new & interesting developments! Here is just one such example….Below is a clip from the promised short video about our getting computers to Pakati in 2019… full version out soon!

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 have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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