Podcast Episode 4 – Lorraine tells her story!

Friends of Pakati Podcast host & editor Bradley Mell and the Author are delighted to introduce a guest speaker in this 4th episode, the first of a series of guests with an association to Pakati schools,  the local community, or of Friends of Pakati. Our first guest fits all 3 categories…

We are excited with this episode, which is the story of one of my former students – Lorraine Mapuranga – in her own words.

Thank you so much to Lorraine for telling us what it was like as ahe grew up.in rural Zimbabwe & went to Pakati Secondary school, where I first met her in 1991 as a student in Form 2.

Lorraine (left) as a Form 3 student in 1991 with her friend Chido

Catch up here – below are links to our first 3 episodes of the Podcast:




In a couple of weeks we will be releasing Episode 5, featuring another former student of Pakati schools, with another remarkable story…

Bothwell Riside & the Author, September 2019

Other episodes are being planned, including another former teacher at Pakati, a representative of the Stephenson Group (donors of the IT Equipment), plus our partner organisation, VaTonatsa Foundation.


We will talk about our next fundraising event – July 9th – as we are now in the planning stages after such a success with GET TIED UP FOR PAKATI recently. See here to find out more – https://friendsofpakati.com/2022/04/24/funds-raised-as-we-got-tied-up-for-pakati/

We will also discuss more about the funds raised & what they are to be spent on.

Also, we will bring you up to date on the Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities ( http://cozc.org ) as they have been very active recently, and Friends of Pakati are very much involved as a member of the Consortium.



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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