The Power of a Picture: 9-Year-Old Homeless Boy’s Life Changes After He’s Photographed Doing Homework Outside McDonald’s

Daniel Cabrera
Daniel Cabrera

Two photos of a boy doing his homework under the light of a McDonald’s in the Philippines have gone viral and inspired an outpouring of donations and support for the third-grader’s struggling family.

Joyce Gilos Torrefranca, a student in Mandaue City, spotted the young boy recently and says the significance of the moment struck her. “For me as a student, it just hit me a lot, like big time,“ she told ABS-CBN News. “I seldom go to coffee shops to study. And then this kid, he doesn’t have anything but he has dedication to study.”

Torrefranca posted the photos to Facebook on June 23 with the caption, “I got inspired by a kid.” Her post was promptly shared more than 7,000 times. In the photos, which were taken in Cebu City, 9-year-old Daniel Cabrera is kneeling on the ground, resting his homework on a wooden stool.

Torrefranca didn’t respond to Yahoo Parenting’s request for comment.

According to ABS-CBN, Daniel’s family has been homeless since their home was destroyed in a fire. They currently live in a nearby restaurant where Cabrera’s mother, Christina Espinosa, a widow, works with one of Daniel’s siblings. His other sibling is sick, the news station reported, and Espinosa only earns the equivalent of about $1.77 per day, which means Daniel often goes to school with no food.

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SOURCE: Yahoo Parenting

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