Friends of Pakati – Change of Focus…plus latest news!!

Welcome to this week’s blog! We have recently been looking at the situation at both Pakati schools, and in response to the recent report (link to previous 2 blogs) I looked at our Vision:

  1. To advance the education of the pupils at Pakati Primary and Secondary schools in Ward 14, Murewa District, Zimbabwe, by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education at the schools named. This can be in the areas such as IT and auxiliary equipment, internet access, and any such educational, sporting, and practical materials as the schools may need.

It is clear that we, as Friends of Pakati, should always consider what the schools themselves see as their priorities, and after discussing with our key supporters – the Heads of both schools, plus the 4 main contributors – Bothwell Riside, Lorraine Mapuranga, Debbie Chadbon & Stuart Pine, along with Councillor Israel Maliki – we are looking to use the funds we have raised to help the schools with what they need most at present. We are also consulting on the practicalities this will require dealing with. More details on this below.

We can see from the recent pics above from the Secondary school, and from reading previous reports/blogs, that the Solar power provision at both Pakati schools are not working. So, following the discussions we have had, we have decided that it would be better to fund the repair/replacement of the Solar power system at both schools. Here is why we have made that decision:

• The funds we currently have available are not likely to be enough to cover the cost of transporting at least 20 PC’s & their mouse/screen/cables – likely to cost around £3500 or more
• The schools cannot currently use the IT they have due to lack of power, both from ZESA and solar supply
• Getting the solar supply running again at both schools will help the teachers as well as the students
• Using our funds wisely, we can help both schools

Latest news!!

Bradley Mell of Iron Bru & Friends of Pakati podcasts fame interviews ex-Iron player Neil Cox as the Author looks on

Cost of putting on event Friends-of-pakati’s event :

Venue hire & food £545.00
Transport £65.00

Total £645.00


Sponsorship/donations before £450.00
Sales before £200.00
Ticket sales £163
Raffle sales £116.90
Sales of goods £110.00

Total £1049.90

Profit for Friends-of-pakati

Still got items to sell & donations promised

Daniel Walker & Evie Gallagher from the band E.v.i.e. who played at the event

More details & info about the event is on our facebook page

Next weekend, all being well, will be our 9th podcast, which features Vari Mayez of VaTonatsa Foundation, someone already well-known to Friends of Pakati followers.




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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