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Chuukese group cleans up Yigo bus stop, aids homeless man

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Last week we ran a story about a bus stop that was Zero Down in the dumps, literally. Over the weekend a group of random individuals were inspired to do the dirty work to clean things up.

A random act of kindness, that's what the Refoup Pwipwi Group called their efforts to clean up the bus stop riddled with garbage we featured last week where a homeless man took up refuge. The group is made up of a bunch of guys from the village of Foup in Chuuk.

In a message exchange over Facebook one of the group members explained, "We tried to do positive activities to inspire their brothers and sisters from our island, including our very own beloved island of Guam."

When we asked the Refoup group what inspired them, their response was it was our story that prompted them to take action.

"We need to work together to our island clean," they wrote. "We hope that by doing this we can inspire other to act on any part of our island."

Not only did the gentlemen from Refoup Pwipwi group clean up the area with garbage but they also they also cut the overgrown grass and some of the trees that were encroaching on the bus stop. Not only did they do that but they also went through the trouble of collecting the hard garbage and set it aside on the road.

And in one photo, the volunteers showed extra compassion to their fellow countryman, lathering him up in shampoo and bathing him. 

Unfortunately, he is still taking up residence in the bus stop and remains homeless.



But this still leaves the question of the homeless man. What will happen to him? We asked the Refoup cleanup crew for more information due to the language barrier and according to the men from Foup, Chuuk the gentleman's name is Fangonong and they are trying to reach out to his family to see if they can take him back into their home to care for him. The Refoup group wrote that Fangonong wants to go back to Chuuk, but he doesn't have his passport.

KUAM previously sent a request for interview to the FMS Consul General on this matter. We followed up today and asked also if there is anything they can do to help Mr. Fangonogn get back to Chuuk. They still have not responded as of news time.

We reported also that the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance was planning on doing a cleanup. MCCA founder and president, Michelle Voacolo says she is happy to see the community take responsibility. Her organization has in fact adopted the bus stop and they plan on moving forward with their operation but now plan on painting the bus stop to spruce it up some more, as well as cleaning up the surrounding area, which is still plagued with trash that has been dumped.

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