Help us to raise £600 please !!

Welcome to Friends of Pakati!

This blog is a one-off special, explaining what we need & why….if you, or someone you know can help us, please pass the word around on your social media platforms.

There are 2 main things we need help with, the repairs to the solar power system at both schools, and the transport of donated items out to Zimbabwe.

1. The Solar Power Repairs

Read about our recent interim report here:

Pictured above are Friends of Pakati’s very own representative, Lorraine Mapuranga, and Vari Mayez, founder & CEO of VaTonatsa Fiundation, our partner organisation. They were getting confirmation of the agreement between ourselves and Murewa Rural District Council about procedures & protocols which now allow us to progress with our plans.

Further, we had a full quote for the work to be done at both schools, a total.of US$2470.00 which was $670 more than anticipated.

Solar panels at Pakati Secondary school, part of which needs replacing.

We had budgeted for US$1800.00 but the lack of power is a real problem for both schools, particularly the Secondary.

2. Transport of donated goods

We have been very fortunate to have received a number of donations of goods, and we want to transport them to Zimbabwe as soon as we can.

Firstly there are laptops (Chromebooks), as seen here – – and secondly various t-shirts, poli shirts & football shirts – all donated by Scunthorpe United – accepted with thanks👏👏👏 on behalf of Friends of Pakati by the Author

Only this weekend we received more – not least these 14 polo shirts:

The cost of transporting the Laptops is £360, and of the variety of clothing, is £160, plus pick up in the UK £20 & Delivery to an address in Harare £10 – making a total of £550.00 – then when I get to Zimbabwe in a few weeks time.


3. In the bank.

Sat in our bank account is the current total of £558.00

We need to add another £600.00 (at least…) to ensure we can get both things mentioned above.


Can you help? Know anyone else who can? Please share across your platforms for us! Here are the ways you can donate:

Please contact me if you have any questions…but avoid facebook at present, as I am currently suspended for no apparent reason.


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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