Updates & Pakati News

This week’s blog covers a mixture of updates on recent developments – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/10/24/collaborations-under-discussion-plus-other-pakati-news/ – and news from Pakati schools. Read on!

Updates – 1. The Consortium

The Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities has made great progress this first week, with a number of organisations joining the Whats App group. Already we have begun to follow each other on social media, and visit each other’s websites. Below are just a few of those now involved alongside Friends of Pakati:




“Zoe Trust is a registered entity. We specialise in teen counselling and leadership skills training. These days young adults are struggling with issues of drug and substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, suicide cases, bullying etc hence we run programmes go help them overcome such vices. For those who may need go support their former schools, we train prefects in leadership skills.”

“We are a registered trust and into Women and Girl Child Empowerment focusing on poverty eradication, education, health issues and/micro enterprise etc. We endeavour to spread our wings to all the 10 provinces in Zimbabwe. http://Twitter.com/tpmfoundation http://Instagram.com/tpmfoundation  http://Facebook.com/tpmfoundation




Mental Health 263:

“Mental Health 263 is a new and dynamic charity THAT HOLDS THE HAND OF people on their journey towards mental wellbeing and independ”nt lives. We NURTURE AND SUPPORT those living with mental illness as well as those caring for patients with mental illness. Our vision is to demystify and destigmatise mental illness by promoting a more compassionate and practical approach to people who battle with mental health conditions. Our email address is: wearemhealth263@gmail.com ”


So things are looking good for the Consortium. There is a very strong focus on Education, on Women and Girls, on the Environmemt, and Mental Health – and hopefully many other areas to come –  all of which are doing vital and wonderful work!

Updates – 2. VaTonatsa Foundation

Friends of Pakati already have a good relationship with VaTonatsa Foundation, and are delighted with the steps currently being taken to allow us to work even more closely together in the future.

The discussions we are currently involved in are mostly around the depth of any joining together, and how we can best keep our separate projects going under a single structure.

Vari Mayez visiting Pakati schools in 2020

We aim to come up with an agreement, laying out the legal staus of any new organisation, the key objectives of both elements, how we will work togerher in a new structure, and what oversight is needed.

Just had this quote from Vari earlier today (Sun, 31st Oct):

As you have stated Chris, we are at advanced stages in coming up with a more powerful entity that helps Friends Of Pakati and VaTonatsa become more effective in their operations in Murewa. When I return to Harare I will pursue the legal requirements so that we know how to proceed. If we do it this early November we can plan better for 2022 and beyond.

Exciting times!

School News

Pakati Secondary school have sent me these photos, showimg staff carrying out/marking CALA’s – Continuous Assessment Learning Activities – so my thanks to Mrs Munatswa for the photo’s and information.

Pakati Teachers in the photos above include Mr Chizenya (History), Mr Katonha (Combined Science), Mr Musekiwa (English) and Mrs Mbanda from Chanetsa Secondary school, a sister school to Pakati in the same Ward 14 area in Murewa District.

Some of the students’ work being assessed

I also heard from Mr Chifaka, Head of Pakati Secondary school, and Mr Mahachi from the Primary, that there are some network problems at present, which makes sone communications difficult. We are hoping to help overcome such issues, and one thing we at Friends of Pakati are keen to do is get wifi-internet access to the area, if funds perrnit. Any donations are always welcome, large or small, any currency, one-off or regular, personal or corporate. http://Paypal.me/friendsofpakati or email friendsofpakati@gmail.com


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.

2 thoughts on “Updates & Pakati News

  1. Thanks Chris for the blog and I am learning a lot and am so excited about the work you are doing and putting our organizations on the world picture. Zoe Trust is proud to be part of the consortium

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