Odds & Ends

Welcome to our latest blog! Again I have just a few different things to mention today, rather than a single topic, so please do read, enjoy, and share with your contacts!

Sports Kits

One of the WhatsApp groups I am a member of by invitation is the Pakati Primary Old Students Assiciation (POSA), which dedicates itself to supporting the school. It is run by former students & local.community members.

This photo shown above was cropped, taken from one of several originals sent to me by the POSA. I also heard directly from Pakati Primary school, namely through one of the teachers there, my friend Mr Johannes Chorichi. He tells me more about the donation of new football kits to the school by the POSA:

“The shirts were brought by Mr Zebion Chatereza. He sourced them from his colleagues in Italy. The one squatting is Mr Chatereza.”

Many thanks tor Chatereza & his colleagues in Italy for the donation! The Primary now has 2 sets of football shirts after Friends of Pakati presented those donated by Scunthorpe United FC back in September 2019:


A colleague at my workplace has collected some money from a few friends & is promising a donation next week of more then £60👍

Also, my Dad bought a key ring from us yesterday – he certainly seems happy with it…

The Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities

There is a meeting due to be held in Harare for those member organisations which are present within Zimbabwe. It is organised by Vari Mayez of our friends and partners, VaTonatsa Foundation.

“Hello everyone.I trust I find you well.
We have managed to organize the training for Charities .
It’s scheduled for this Friday the 3rd of December 2021 at the Nexus building @ Batanai Mall on Jason Moyo from 1300 to 1600.

The training will feature speakers from reputable NGOs,lawyers,a representative from the PVO board and many more .
We will do it physically and those who cannot attend physically can attend online at a cost of $10 which will cover the venue and all expenses.”

Vari with her Aunt, Mrs Maenzanise, who is Head of Mapanga Primary school in the same Ward 14 area of Murewa as Pakati schools

Vari also very kindly told me what she thought of the blog last week – https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/11/21/where-to-in-2022/ – adding some interesting comments:

“I liked it. One thing I know and admire about you is that you are a planner and plan in advance.The blog captures this properly. The social media sites u are on are adequate. If it didn’t cost tto much $ then boosting your posts would also help to improve traffic on all sites and attract donations. Individual donations are a blessing but now we need to maybe also look for grants from bigger NGOs like Unicef, etc.”

Former Teacher at Pakati Secondary

Good friend of Friends of Pakati, Tinashe Pindura, recently graduated in Harare, following her studies, a Master of Commerce in Marketing Strategy from Midlands State University, over the last 2 years. She went home to Harare most weekends to attend her college in addition to her school duties aa a teacher of English and Deputy Head. Well done/Makorokoto Tinashe!!

If you have any comments, thoughts, ideas or suggestions about Friends of Pakati then please let us know via our comments section, or via email to friendsofpakati@gmail.com

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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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