This & That

This week we have another collection of things to tell you about & show you what has been going on… all somehow related to Pakati schools and Friends of Pakati. I hope you enjoy what we produce, and that you will spread the word to help us help the schools and local community there. Read on…

This photo was taken just a few days ago at Pakati Secondary school, by one of our folowers who is a former student and local resident, Jerry ‘Jedza’ Chavura. It was an unusually cloudy day during what are the hot summer months in Zimbabwe. As previously mentioned, chools across the country are to close on 17th December, and re-open on 4th January for the new school year there.

Last weekend saw us blog about the Primary school – – and mentioned about problems with the power supply at the Secondary which are still to be resolved. We also showed wind damage to part of Mapanga Primary school in the same area. It hasn’t stopped the school from carrying on with classes, as seen here courtesy of their Head, Mrs Maenzanise:

We ran a bonus blig on Tuesday last week, celebrating the successful event held in Harare the Friday before – see  – and we were not the only ones to recognise the importance of the event.

The NGO News Digest Newsletter in Zimbabwe also published a review, and three members of the Consortium – TeamCaro Foundation, VaTonatsa Foundation, and Friends of Pakati – were all quoted in their article ‘PVOs NOT AN ESCAPE ROUTE FROM UNEMPLOYMENT’ (PVO – Private Voluntary Organisation – equivalent of registered local charities in Zimbabwe)

Here is the Author’s contribution:

Other Consortium members are also involved in actvities, below are the details of those I am aware of.

Firstly, the Zoe CTT…a youth-supporting event coming up soon:

Registration already in progress and last day of payment is 17 December for logistics purposes

Secondly, Thabani Patience Manjenjenje Gambiza of the TPMFoundation and Vari Mayez of VaTonatsa Foundation were seen together recentky…

Thabani reported “Currently with Varaidzo at Zimbabwe Small Holders Organic Forum Campaign to End Violence against Women and Girls @SOS Training Centre, Waterfalls Harare.”

Also at the event were another Consortium member organisation – “Takudzwanashe Sprout Women Empowerment Trust Representative presenting and standing in for Caroline Mutimbanyoka”

Not to be left out, the TeamCaro Foundation have been spreading some Christmas cheer as they expand their support work here in the UK too:

‘This was The TeamCaro Foundation today. This is a Hospice we will be working with and they are as excited as we are so that’s a good start. Well done team👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾”

One of the members of the Consortium not previously mentioned here are the Rebirth Correctional Services Trust:

“We are a registered Trust that exists for the purposes of rehabilitation of inmates and successful re-entry of ex-inmates(prisoners) into society.

We focus on empowering inmates spiritually and physically.
With a strong focus on children in prison with their mothers.

3 main thrusts.

🖊️ Education
🖊️Health and wellness
🖊️ Family Cohesion.

We are pleased to be part of this great move to transform people’s lives.

We hope and pray to be learning a lot from this networking.


Important to add that their vital support extends to the families of those in prison.


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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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