A Single Photo Of A Homeless Boy Changed His Life Forever… And His Mom’s Too.
It was a heartbreaking situation for anyone to consider: A nine-year-old boy, photographed while doing his homework outside of a McDonald's in the Philippines. The boy is homeless, and had nowhere else to get his work done. In fact, it was the light cast by the McDonald's store that let him see his paper.
The photo quickly went viral, leaving many wondering who exactly the boy was, and how he found himself in such a dire situation. Well, thanks to the magic of the Internet, someone found out. What happened next turned this tragic story into a triumph.
Here's the original photo that caused such an international stir.
And here is the boy behind the photo. His name is Daniel Cabrera, and he's nine years old.
After the photo was posted, a miracle happened for Daniel and his family.
And it would be hard to find someone more deserving. Daniel works incredibly hard at his schoolwork, despite his circumstances.
Meanwhile, his mother works equally as hard: After their house was destroyed in a fire, she struggled to make ends meet. She has a job, but only makes about 80 Philippine pesos a day - the equivalent of $1.77.
"He's a very studious and determined boy," his mother said. "He would insist on going to school without his lunch money because I have no money to give. He always tells me 'Mama, I don't want to stay poor. I want to reach my dreams.' "
So what miracle occurred for this amazing child?
After the photo went viral, donations started coming in from all over the world. The donations included, cash, school supplies, and even a college scholarship! With resources like that an a work ethic like Daniel's we know he'll definitely achieve everything he dreamed of.