Japanese man opens free cafe for Ukrainians in Kharkiv after dwelling in metro station

When Downloadable outdated Fuminori Tsuchiko from Tokyo arrived in eastern Ukraine‘s city of Kharkiv final yr, he knew he wanted to help individuals affected by Russia’s invasion. Touched by the hardships confronted by residents who have been forced to hunt shelter in subway stations because of Russian shelling, Tsuchiko decided to stay and lend a helping hand.
For a quantity of months, he lived in a metro station, working as a volunteer to distribute food to those in need. During this time, he met a Ukrainian who shared his determination to assist those disadvantaged by the conflict. Together, they opened a free cafe in Kharkiv’s Saltivka neighbourhood, named FuMi Caffe, with its funding primarily coming from donations made by Japanese individuals via social media. Tsuchiko said…
“From June to December, I stayed in the metro, underground, dwelling and consuming alongside many Ukrainian individuals.”
FuMi Caffe now serves round 500 folks daily, offering a welcoming house for those in want.
Tsuchiko initially visited Ukraine as a vacationer in February 2022. However, he was advised by the Japanese embassy to go away the nation as Russia ready to invade. Although he briefly relocated to Warsaw, Poland, he returned to Ukraine simply two months later, compelled to make a constructive impact on the lives of the people affected by the continuing battle.
One customer to the cafe, Anna Tovstopyatova, spoke of her admiration for Tsuchiko’s selflessness and dedication. She said…
“It’s fantastic that there are such honest individuals with open hearts and souls, who sacrifice their lives and time to assist and give hope.”

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