The heart-wrenching photo, posted on Facebook last month by a college student, showed Daniel Cabrera doing his homework on a wooden stool placed close to a McDonald’s window to catch the light from the store.
Many reposted Daniel’s photo on their Facebook profiles and it went viral on the internet.
The HOMELESS Filipino boy has been overwhelmed with aid.
Scholarship … Daniel Cabrera (R) standing next to his mother Christina Espinosa in Mandaue City, central Philippines. Picture: AFP Source: AFP
Nine-year-old Daniel will fulfil his dream of becoming a policeman after donations of cash, school supplies and a college scholarship poured in, “Now, Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies.”his mother, Christina Espinosa, said.“We’re overjoyed. I dont know what I will do with all of these blessings,” the stunned 42-year-old grocery store employee and domestic helper said.
Daniel’s father died in 2013 due to severe diarrhoea, said Ms Espinosa, who has three older children, all married and living separate from her. She and her three youngest children, including Daniel, have been living in her employer’s mini-grocery store since their shanty home was gutted by fire five years ago. She said she earned just 80 pesos ($2.37) a day working at the store and as a domestic helper for the store’s owners in their nearby home. She augments the income by selling cigarettes and candy on the streets on Mandaue, an urban centre on Cebu island in the central Philippines.
She described the boy as a tenacious child with a single-mined focus on getting an education. “He is a very studious and determined boy … he would insist on going to school even without his lunch money because I have no money to give,” Ms Espinosa said. “He always tells me: ‘Mama, I don’t want to stay poor. I want to reach my dreams’.”
The local church and government social welfare office had also received aid on his behalf.
“Our problem is how to manage all this financial assistance,” the city’s social welfare office chief, Violeta Cavada, said.
“Great story because thanks to this picture, his life will change. Sad, because it is one of the thousands, probably millions who live in these circumstances,” wrote Christoffel Sneijders.
“He has become a symbol of poor slum boys in the city who can’t study because they don’t have electricity.”