A chance encounter between a student in the Philippine city of Mandaue and a young homeless boy diligently doing his homework by the light of a McDonald’s restaurant has touched of a viral wave of support that hopefully will change the boy’s life forever.

Third-grader Daniel Cabrera and his mother Christina Espinosa, who were left behind by a father and husband that died in prison, live in a wall-less food stall because their house burned down. Despite these difficulties, Daniel, 9, does his homework every night on a home-made bench using his only pencil. This was how Joyce Gilos Torrefranca saw him when she took a photo that has since gone viral. Daniel has received scholarships and support from Philippine politicians and people around the world.

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Daniel, 9, was spotted studying in the street by the light of a McDonald’s using his only pencil

He lives in a food stall with his mom Christina, a widow who only earns 80 Philippine pesos ($1.77) a day

The photo inspired thousands of people, and he has since received scholarships and help from social workers

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