AN image of a homeless boy who used light from a McDonald’s restaurant in the Philippines to do his homework has gone viral on social media, with many saying he had inspired them.
Daniel Cabrera was spotted by medical student Joyce Torrefranca as he worked away on the pavement in Manila. She posted the image to Facebook, saying Daniel had inspired her to work harder.
The picture was soon being shared thousands of times, with people reflecting how often even basic living standards are taken for granted.
Daniel’s home was burnt down and his father died. He is often seen begging with his mother, but shows a determination to get an education.
“You really don’t need much, you just have to be determined and focused on the things that you want to achieve,” Torrefranca said.
One of Daniel’s teachers, Rosalina Detuya, described him as a happy child.
“He is also intelligent and . . . during class discussion, he really participates.”