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.
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
A news report about Daniel:
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