Pakati Trip Diary – part 3

Here is the latest about all matters relating to the Author’s forthcoming trip to Zimbabwe. Please share among your contacts across your social media platforns

Read parts 1 & 2 here for earlier updates: and

The Author arrives in Harare, September 2019

Monday 5th September – Great news as our shipping company, COEDMA FREIGHT INTERNATIONAL LTD, gave the latest update on our goods:

Tuesday 6th September – A slight delay but the Solar repairs at Pakati Secondary school is to begin  this weekend, and be finished during the early part of next week. Thanks to Vari Mayez for the update

Solar power supply batteries at Pakati Secondary school seen in 2019

Wednesday 7th September – Intention to Donate letters are being prepared, with items to be donated to all 5 schools in Ward 14. These will include a laptop & some clothes for each school

Thursday 8th September – We have had another update from COEDMA FREIGHT INTERNATIONAL LTD – another delay in getting the goods from Nairobi to Harare, but not entirely unexpected

Friday 9th September – Vari Mayez of VaTonatsa Foundation – our partner organisation – has now confirmed she will be around in Ward 14 during my visit there, so it will be good to get her together with Friends of Pakati, especially since our representative Lorraine has already been working alongside Vari and will also be around.

Lorraine Mapuranga from Friends of Pakati with Vari Mayez from VaTonatsa Foundation

Saturday 10th September – A nice surprise this morning – an unexptected donation of £20 showing in the account! This brings the total donated towards our total of £600 up to £188.

Sunday 11th September – Just this morning I have received confirmation from Vari Mayez, that the company doing the work on the solar supply at Pakati Secondary school – Quantum Solar – are sourcing the materials, then will to go to the school tomorrow. Mr Chifaka, Head of Pakati Secondary, will be around to see the progress & take photos for us. I am told the work will be completed on one day.

Second from the right is Evans Musara of Quantum Solar during his recent inspection at Pakati

Next week – We hope to have confirmation of the solar repairs, along with a report & photos of the work being done.

Also we hope to be able to report on the arrival of our goods into Harare, and to thr address where they will be kept until my arrival.

Would be great to announce more donations so here are the two main ways people can donate to us – and

Have a great week!


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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