Something new & some news…

Well we have something different this week…a follow-up partly to our recent blog – – with a first for us: a Vlog!

Something new

A video blog between myself and our Podcast host Bradley Mell, where we talk about our fundraising efforts during April, how our plans are going for the next event in July, and what the funds are to be used for. Here it is…

As we mention in the vlog, and have done previously, one of our special guests for the event is live music from E.v.i.e. – featuring Evie Gallagher (vocals) and Dan Walker (guitar) – who are due to give an acoustic set after the Iron Bru podcast part of the evening.

Picture credit – instagram – @will_fawcett_photography

Some news

Recently I have had further discussions with Carol Sibbald, Business Development and External Engagement Coordinator at the University of Huddersfield Business School.

We talked about what Friends of Pakati hopes to get out of the opportunity of a consultancy project with some of their Masters students. We have come up with 4 key areas where  help is most needed:

  • Becoming a registered Charity
  • Fundraising ideas/activities
  • Online presence – website & social medis
  • Marking strategy to attract donors/sponsors

I hope to have more news on this in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space!

Coming next Sunday….

Friends of Pakati Podcast Episode 6 features Debbie Chadbon, one of the teachers who came to Pakati as I was leaving in 1991. Here is a small taster of Debbie’s interview:

Debbie’s World Map can still be seen on the end of one of the classroom blocks, and is one of our designs for merchandise!


She talks about her time at Pakati, how she came to be there & what she has done since. We both feel that even though we left Pakati, it has never left us, and that explains our involvement some 30+ years on.

We have more podcast episodes still to come, and are due to record our next one in the coming week – former Pakati student & occasional contributor to this blog – Pastor Rev Agatha Fombo Maravanyika – we anticipate another great podcast with 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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