Friends of Pakati – 6 Months Review

Welcome to the review of our first 6 months of 2022! I am going to cheat a little, as we already have a 3-month review, January to March – so here that is:

Since then, we have had quite an eventful time…😁

Alison, Hannah & Ian Got Tied Up For Pakati!

Many of my fellow fans of Scunthorpe United – the Iron – Got Tied Up For Pakati on 23rd April! Over that weekend we raised over £1000 for Friends of Pakati, boosting our total funds significantly.

Great support from Iron fans!

Thanks to the newest member of our ‘team’, Bradley Mell, we now have an ever-growing series of podcasts. Initially they were Brad interviewing the Author, in Episodes 1-3. Since then, we have spoken to team members Lorraine Mapuranga, Bothwell Riside, & Debbie Chadbon, plus another with close connections to Pakati, Pastor Aggie Fombo.

Here is the link to the page where you can find all our podcasts so far:

In addition to the audio podcasts, we have also done our first video podcast (above) – the first of many we hope!

We have had reports from both schools, firstly from the two Heads – Mr Chifaka (Secondary) & Mr Mahachi (Primary). Here is what they sent to me, outlining an issue which would become significant in the second report.

The solar power systems at both Pakati schools are in need of upgrading

The second report is more comprehensive, & comes in two parts. Lorraine Mapuranga, member of our team, is responsible to a large degree for the 2-part report following her visit to both schools recently.

Here are the 2 parts:

Lastly, we are preparing for our next fundraising event in early July:

Lots of work is going on to make it a success, but full reports will be posted after the event. We will of course provide a full report afterwards, and updates on social media from time to time.

Plenty to look forward to in the next 6 months too – including:

  • Report on our latest fundraising event
  • More podcasts & videos
  • Help from Huddersfield Uni Business students
  • Discussions around helping the schools
  • Build up to my visit in September
  • Full report from Pakati

Stay with us!


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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