For the United Nations, the community’s resilience and ability to mobilize to respond to the earthquake are grounds for hope.
"The local organizations, the grassroots organizations, the local authorities, the Civil Protection brigadiers, the many volunteers, including youth from the U-Report network, were the first to rescue the citizens in need, before the relief teams arrived. And all this solidarity between people, between communities, this konbit*, is still there as the humanitarian response and recovery process goes on. In fact, they are the main drivers of the recovery—and external support should be aimed at supporting these local efforts, not substituting for them. ", said Bruno Lemarquis, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti.
"The young U-reporters community’s commitment and involvement is the result of the UN System taking effective action in Haiti through UNICEF. This youth mobilization is for us a reason for pride and hope. Their enthusiasm, their determination, and most importantly their spontaneity in helping the neediest, especially children and women, are a lever of change for Haiti. This youth is the future of the country", said Bruno Maes, UNICEF’s Representative in Haiti.