Photo Of Boy Doing His Homework By The Light Of McDonalds Goes Viral And Changes His Life
A young student changed the life of poverty-stricken boy forever after she took a photo of him doing his homework outside a fast food restaurant because he had nowhere else to study.
Joyce Torrefranca is a student in Mandaue City, Philippines and noticed 9-year-old Daniel Cabrera outside a local McDonalds. She posted the photo to Facebook and wrote that she was inspired by the kid.
Photo credit: Facebook / Joyce Torrefranca
The photo quickly went viral and news media approached Daniel to learn more about him.
Daniel studies in the parking lot because his house has no lights and he sometimes sleeps on the streets. A news station reported that his family does not have a permanent home after it was destroyed in a fire. Daniel’s mother struggles to make ends meet, making around 80 pesos a day (around $1.77). As Daniel’s story spread, donations and food poured in for him and his family. The young boy has been given a scholarship by a local politician and his mom has been given grants from sponsors to start her own business.
After taking the photo it went viral. Torrenfranca never thought her photo would have such a profound effect on Daniel’s life. “I didn’t think that a simple photo can make a huge difference,” she wrote. “Thank you guys for sharing the photo. With that, we were able to help Daniel in reaching his dreams. I hope Daniel’s story will continue touching our hearts so that we will always be inspired and motivated in every situation we face in life.”
The 3rd grader said he wants to be a policeman or a doctor when he grows up.
Viral photo of Filipino boy studying on the street gets him scholarship
A picture of a homeless boy doing his homework on the pavement in the Philippines has gone viral
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A picture of a homeless boy doing his homework on the pavement in the Philippines has gone viral after 20-years-old student, Joyce Torrefranca, posted the picture on her Facebook.
Since it was posted online, the photo of nine-year-old Daniel Carbrera was shared thousands of times, going viral and leading to a huge number of donations for Daniel and his family in the Philippines.
Torrefranca, who is a medical technology student, captioned her Facebook post: “I got inspired by a kid.”
Cabrera, who dreams of becoming a policeman, will now be able to pursue his dream after donations of cash, school supplies and a college scholarship was given to him, as reported by the Telegraph.
“We’re overjoyed. I don’t know what I will do with all of these blessings,” his mother, a 42-year-old grocery store employee and domestic helper told AFP. “Now, Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies.”
The young boy, who is at a Grade 3 elementary school student in Mandaue city, only had a single pencil after one of his fellow students stole his second pencil from him.
According to the Telegraph, a Local politician, Samuel Pagdilao, of the Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement & Support (ACT-CIS) party, awarded Daniel an unspecified “scholarship grant.” It was also reported that the local police force also helped to raised funds and provided groceries for the family.
His mother and her three youngest children, including Daniel, whose father died in 2013 due to severe diarrhea, have been living in her employer’s mini-grocery store since their home was destroyed by fire five years ago.
The mother of the boy has said that she earns 80 ($1.76) a day, working at the store as well as a domestic helper for the store’s owners. She then makes extra by selling cigarettes and candy on the streets on Mandaue, an urban center on Cebu island in the central Philippines.