ELDERLY FUMINORI TSUSHIKO OPENS CAFE IN UKRAINE SERVING FREE MEALS TO LOCALS
I don’t know about you. But I’m not sure there’s ever a scenario where I move to a country that is war torn. You know, where you think it’s a good idea to say to yourself, “hey, Russia invaded Ukraine a few years ago and hasn’t stopped. I’m gonna move there!” But that’s exactly what the elderly Japanese 75-year-old Fuminori Tsuchiko did. He relocated to Ukraine last year. But he doesn’t have a weird penchant for risky locales. He wants to help feed people who are under invasion. At first he lived in metro stations for several months, and volunteered to feed people who had lost their homes.
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FUMO CAFFE SERVES ROUGHLY 500 PEOPLE EVERY DAY, AND ELDERLY JAPANESE MAN IS A HERO
But Tsuchiko also recently opened a free café with a Ukrainian partner, called Fumi Caffe. It serves complimentary (free) meals to roughly 500 people every day. Now that is what I call a hero, by any true measure of the word. Imagine being older (some of you reading this are). And then think about how amazing it is that anyone in their 70’s would think of doing this. You leave your home and all familiarity to go to a totally foreign country that is being invaded by Russia. So bullets, missiles, desperate invading soldiers and nefarious mercenaries. And you think it’s important that you go there to help feed the residents whose lives have been upended.
CAFE RELIES ON VERY GENEROUS DONORS IN JAPAN, BUT MANY UKRAINIANS ALSO CONTRIBUTE
Fumi Caffe primarily relies on funding from very generous Japanese donors. But many Ukrainians also contribute as well. But I can’t overstate how impressive this is, nor how much of a Good Samaritan Fuminori Tsushiko is. Hopefully, Fumi Caffe will soon have a link for us in the West to also send donations as well. Maybe by this time at the end of summer there will be two or even 3 cafes helping to feed under invasion Ukrainians, and inspiring more.