Where to in 2022?

Welcome to today’s blog! This week we ask the question for Friends of Pakati – Where to in 2022? Help us to make more progress next year please👍 Well, what exactly do we mean by that question? I feel it actually raises a number of others about our future plans. So, below, here are the areas up for discussion among ourselves & partner organisations, as well as our followers, sponsors & donors large & small – that includes you dear reader!

Our Vision

Currently stated, here it is: Charitable Purposes

  1. To advance the education of the pupils at Pakati Primary and Secondary schools in Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education at the schools named. This can be in the areas such as IT and auxiliary equipment, internet access, and any such educational, sporting, and practical materials as the schools may need.
  2. Should funds permit, these facilities may be extended to the other schools in Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, namely Chanetsa Primary and Secondary schools, plus Mapanga Primary school.
  3. Should funds permit, the awarding to such persons as deemed necessary, identified through consultation with both Pakati Primary and Secondary schools, Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, scholarships in the form of relevant school fees, uniforms, educational materials, and sports equipment as required by the schools named.
  4. To assist in such ways as the charity trustees think fit any charity or similar organisation active in Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, whose aims include advancing education of persons attending the 5 schools named above in sections 1 & 2

To see more about this, see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020-vision-friends-of-pakati-the-project-continues/ 

Is this Vision good enough to remain in place for 2022? Should it have more specific targets?

Our Partnerships

We are currently developing two particular partnerships, in different ways:

Firstly, we are in discussions with our friends at VaTonatsa Foundation about ever closer cooperation, leading to a possible merger.

See more about one of our earlier joint ventures here: https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/07/11/joint-venture-back-story-and-responses/

Secondly, we are now part of the Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities, a recent move to empower smaller organisations and charities who aim to better the lives of people in Zimbabwe.

Please check out our previous post about these collaborations: https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/10/24/collaborations-under-discussion-plus-other-pakati-news/ In addition, the Consortium has already lead to links with several other organisatiins & fellow members.

What do you, our readers/supporters think? Are there any other collaborations we might get involved in?

Our Online Presence

In addition to this website, we are also on the following platforms:

http://Facebook.com/Friends-of-pakati 

http://Twitter.com/friendsofpakati 

http://Instsgram.com/friendsofpakati 

http://Youtube.com/friendsofpakati 

Are their other platforms we can usefully be on?

Our Fundraising

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, our fundraising has been less successful than we had hoped recently. In the past we have done a sponsored walk, weight-loss, & bike ride. We are trying new things this Christmas – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/11/07/%f0%9f%8e%84christmas-is-approaching-some-great-news/ – but always on the lookout for new ideas. 

Merchandise is selling, but slowly. I hope to be able to go to fete’s & fairs in 2022 to try & sell more items.

Are there more things we can have produced which people might want to buy? Are there things we can give away free?

I also need to better publicise everything we do – so expect more videos next year to add to this one: 

Got any thoughts on what else we can do to raise more funds?

Our Sponsors & Donors

We have some key sponsors & donors who have either given generously or often, both in money terms and in the form of goods. See https://friendsofpakati.com/important-links/  for more details.

In 2022 we need to find more sponsors & donors, large and small, regular and occasional. Certainly I intend to professionalise the approach more for next year. 

The question here is how to attract more sponsors & donors?

How to get in touch : 

Here on the website there is a comments box you can use.

Also, email us at friendsofpakati@gmail.com or DM us on our twitter feed, or message us on facebook. 

Please do let us know your thoughts, ideas, opinions👍

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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