Pakati Trip Diary – part 2 – includes new podcast!

Welcome! Here is the second part of our diary in the lead up to my visit to Zimbabwe in September.

Read the first part here:

The Author arriving in Zimbabwe, September 2018

Plans for all aspects of my trip are progressing nicely, so here is what has been going on all this week, including a new podcast:

Monday 29th August – Our promised donation of £100 materialised today! Brings our running total up to £154 so far. Two main ways to donate exist – and

Power needs to be restored so the schools can use the IT already donated, currently gathering dust

Tuesday 30th August – We have received notification that our goods were still at Heathrow Airport awaiting screening up to yesterday.

Wednesday 31st August – Update frim COEDMA FREIGHT INTERNATIONAL LTD states that today, the shipment arrived at Nairobi Airport in Kenya. It is waiting fir a suitable connecting flight to Harare.

Thursday 1st September – Today I received notification from Vari Mayez of VaTonatsa Foundation that the Solar Power repairs at Pakati Secondary school will begin next Tuesday 7th September. All being well I will have some photos and a report on the next blog!

We received another £10 donation today, bringing the total up to £164 out of £600 needed to complete the repairs at both Pakati schools. See here for more info:

Friday 2nd September – Podcast latest recording arrived – episode 11 – Host Bradley Mell talks to Chris about his forthcoming trip & what Friends of Pakati are up to…

Saturday 3rd September – A donation of £4 (for sale of a badge) was made, bringing our total up to £168 so far…if you want a badge or other merchandise the contact us via email or DM us at Find out more on our page

Sunday 4th September – Discussions are underway about putting on another event in conjunction with the Iron Bru podcast lads, to help us raise more funds in the near future.

Finally, we have a new facebook page:

Back next week with more updates!



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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