4 things….

Hi everyone! This week’s blog has 4 things to report on, plus what’s next

Arriving at Pakati Primary School this week

Our 4 things this week are:

  1. Pakati Primary school
  2. Pakati Secondary school
  3. Our next fundraising event
  4. Funds raised & what they are for


Students in class at Pakati Secondary school on Thursday this week

1. Pakati Primary

Thanks to Mr Mahachi & Mr Chorichi for the pics & info👍

As the students arrive, Covid protocols continue as they have their temperatures checked

A charity in Zimbabwe -Mary’s Meals – gives all students at Pakati Primary a daily helping of maize porridge. Local parents prepare & distribute the porridge to students during their late morning break-time.

Porridge being prepared….

Students getting ready…

…enjoying their porridge before the next activity…


2. Pakati Secondary

Thanks to Mr Chifaka for the pics & info.

Avril Njenje and Tadiwanashe Chiurunga (form 3) collecting text books from English office for their English lesson.

Form 3 learners raising hands to answer a mathematics question…

Mr Shongorisho teaching mathematics in form 3A.

Head of Pakati Secondary Mr Chifaka in his office

Deputy Head Mr Chizenya busy preparing for class

The power supply at the school has been inconsistent, and the sources of power have proved troublesome recently, both from ZESA and from Solar power.

The expired batteries

The now faulty regulator

Similar problems are also being faced by the Primary school too.

3. Next Fundraising Event

After the success of GET TIED UP FOR PAKATI recently we now concentrate on the next event – An Evening With Iron Bru Podcast Live, with Special Guests to be confirmed.

It will be on Sat 9th July, in Scunthorpe, where people will be able to buy tickets for the evening soon. They will be for entry to the venue, and include food from in-house caterers. We will have a raffle for donated prizes which are mostly Scunthorpe United-related memorabilia. Friends of Pakati will have a stall selling Merchandise.

Live music to be provided by E.v.i.e. which includes Eve Gallagher & Daniel Walker

We have a sponsor who has agreed to support the event, and we are hoping to finalise full details very soon.

4. Funds Raised

So far we have just over £1700 in our bank account, thanks largely to the money raised through GET TIED UP. We aniticpate a good sum from the event above, plus we are currently aplying for grants and appealing for sponsorship from companies to boost our total.

Realistically, it is likely to cost somewhere around £2500 – £3000 to get the donated IT out to Zimbabwe.

In addition, the cost of installing satelite wi-fi seevices to the schools has been quoted to me at between £800 and £1100, plus a monthly charge of around £85-90.

So, we do need to raise quite a bit more to at least ship the goods out to the schools. If you can spread the word, please do by sharing/liking/retweeting etc. If you can spare a few pounds, please do via http://Paypal.me/friendsofpakati

Coming up soon….

This guy…



Bothwell Riside translating for the Author as Friends of Pakati officially handed over donated IT & sports goods in September 2019

Bothwell Riside has been involved with Friends of Pakati since early in 2019, and tells us his story in his own inimitable way in our next Podcast, Episode 5, something I am sure people will enjoy hearing!


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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