On October 16th 2015, a Department of International Development (DFID) Evaluation Team, headed by Marc Ducroquet-Lavin, made its first field visit to Humqadam Schools in Faisalabad, where construction had begun in earnest during the last week of September. The two schools selected for the visit are amongst those schools where dangerous buildings are being replaced with higher quality education infrastructure being built by Humqadam.
The visitors were pleased to find that the progress made so far on the schools put Humqadam a week ahead of schedule. They were greeted by members of the Community Committees for School Infrastructure (CCSI), who took it upon themselves to brief the DFID Team Members about the quality of the process and materials being used. It is hoped that the CCSI involvement will encourage wider community ownership of the school and will enable Humqadam to provide an additional layer of construction site supervision as well.
Marc Ducroquet-Lavin observed that, "I am impressed by the energy amongst the community stakeholders to play a role in supporting this effort." It is estimated that the two schools visited, in Gatti and in Jaranwala, will cost approximately Rs. 45 Million and will add 37 Classrooms, 38 Toilets and will positively impact an estimated 1500 children. It is important to note that over the course of the Humqadam Programme, infrastructure will be upgraded in 109 (57 Boys & 52 Girls) Primary Schools in the District of Faisalabad and it will enable up to 11,000 more girls and boys to attend school.