A student in the Philippines snapped a picture of a little boy doing his homework outside since he had nowhere else to go, little knowing that the photo would go viral around the world.
The student, Joyce Torrefranca from Mandaue City, posted the photo to Facebook with the caption, “I got inspired by a kid.”
After the picture went viral, a Philippine news station, ABS-CBN, searched for the boy and found him at a restaurant close to where the picture was taken.
The boy in the photo, a third-grader named Daniel Cabrera, lives in this restaurant, where his mother and older sibling work.
Daniel’s mother, Christina Espinosa, is a widow, and the family is struggling financially. Espinosa makes only 80 Philippine pesos per day, amounting to about $1.77.
Since the family is barely making ends meet, Cabrera often goes to school without any food.
The mother and son made an appearance on a local radio station, during which Daniel stated that he wishes to one day become a police officer, like his dad.
After Daniel’s photo went viral, help began to pour in for the family. Cabrera has been given a scholarship grant by representative Samuel Pagdilao, and Espinosa will also be given money to help start her own business.
As for the student who took the picture, she said, “I didn’t think that a simple photo can make a huge difference. 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.”