Hold the Front Page!

…..plus a couple of other things..

This week’s NGO News Digest has been kind enough to highlight our efforts, with a front page spread and major article following an interview by the Editor Mr Evans Dakwa. Thank you Evans!

It is an honour to be recognised for what Friends of Pakati are doing and planning to do for the two Pakati schools, and hopefully the community & other nearby schools. Below is the article in full, with a couple of corrections where relevant.

Here is each column in close up with any corrections below:

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) rather than VIS

During the year 2022, rather than at the beginning.

Debbie Chadbon, rather than Chaddon.


We look forward to being able to back up this story with actions in the coming year!

Our future plans are being formulated at present, but developing closer working relationships with VaTonatsa Foundation, and with fellow members of the Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities, will definitely help us to meet our vision https://friendsofpakati.com/2020-vision-friends-of-pakati-the-project-continues/

We are looking to raise more money towards that vision, and expanding sales of our merchandise will contribute to that, as well as other fundraising activities. We are also looking for other donors, large or small, to allow us to expand our reach beyond Pakati schools.

Our next blog, due on 26th December, will be a review of the year 2021 for Friends of Pakati. I can tell you there is a lot in it!

Last, but not least, let me say a huge ‘Makorokoto/Congratulations’ to former Pakati student and occasional contributor to this blog, the now DOCTOR Reverend Aggie Fombo Maravanyika of Mutare, seen here above with her family, having received her Doctorate recently, and looking relaxed but happy below!

“We have a Masters and Doctor of Theology in the house…Dr Rev Aggie”


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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