Great news – More IT for Pakati schools!

I have just heard from Stuart Pine, IT Manager at The Stephenson Group Ltd of Horsforth, Leeds – our principal donors of computers – about what they now have available for us

I had just completed an interview with my local newspaper here in Bradford – the Telegraph & Argus – about my recent heart problems. They gave me an opportunity to talk about Friends of Pakati, and we will get some great publicity from it very soon.

Stuart with the Author, donating the first set of IT to Friends of Pakati in 2019 at the premises of the Stephenson Group

Soon after the interview I heard from Stuart. Here is the message he sent me: “Just for Info Chris, I have 18 computers of varying sizes for the schools but all good enough to run Windows 10 and some form of Office software, a few more than I originally thought.”

First time for the IT equipment at Pakati to be used from The Stephenson Group’s donation in 2019

A little later on I took a phone call from Stuart. He was able to give me a bit more information about things, including the fact that he thought it may as many as 20 computers available quite soon. He is going to send some photos of them next week, along with the short piece to camera we need to complete our second video, so all of that will be out soon!

Stuart seen relaxing on a family holiday

We had the pleasure to talk with Stuart earlier this year – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/02/06/interview-with-stuart-from-the-stephenson-group-ltd-our-it-donors/ for more information.

For us here at Friends of Pakati, this is fantastic news – it is really what we are all about – getting computers to both Pakati schools!! Also this will give us a real lift, an impetus to raise more funds to help ship them out to Pakati schools. The forthcoming publicity I mentioned, coupled with the event I am due to attend on 7th August – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/06/16/appreciating-positive-change-makers/ for more details, although the original date & venue was moved. It is now on 07/08/21 at the Brooklands Hotel.

There is much to look forward to for us  including those things mentioned here recently – https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/07/11/want-to-know-what-is-coming-up/ What we really need now is to raise more money to help pay to ship the equipment out to Zimbabwe, and if we have enough left over, try to meet our other objectives found here https://friendsofpakati.com/2020-vision-friends-of-pakati-the-project-continues/

So, if you can, please donate via http://Paypal.me/friendsofpakati or http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati THANK YOU!!

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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