Friends of Pakati & VaTonatsa Foundation Working Together Again

This week here on the blog we are delighted to confirm both Friends of Pakati and VaTonatsa Foundation are once again working closely together to benefit the 2 Pakati schools in Ward 14, Murewa District.

Just recently, we posted about our intention to help both Pakati schools restore their solar power supplies (see for more details). In conjunction with the two Heads – Mr Chifaka (Sec) & Mr Mahachi (Pri) – we are gathering relevant quotes, deciding on the best option, and then will create a ‘Letter of Intention to Donate’.

The Letter is part of the local protocols we need to follow in order to allow us to operate in the area, with Murewa RDC, DSI, and the Heads of both schools made aware of what is being done.

Friends of Pakati, as we have said before, exists to help both schools in the ways the 2 Heads deem relevant, and this is a prime example. We have sufficient funds to pay for the replacement of key parts of the solar power systems, so we will send the amount of the chosen quote to VaTonatsa, they can then get the work ordered. Some of the procedures may change if necessary.

This co-operation between the two of us has been going on for some time now, and it is something we both really appreciate. The result is getting support to an area where there are many underprivileged students.

VaTonatsa Foundation

Here are some photos of our partner organisation in action, some of it as part if recent events by the Consorteum of Zimbabwe Charities:

If that wasn’t enough, next weekend should see the next in our series of Podcasts – no.10 – featuring the Founder and CEO of VaTonatsa Foundation, Vari Mayez!

Exciting times ahead!


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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