A college student, Joyce Torrefranca, was passing by
and snapped a photo of him. She shared it on Facebook with the caption, "I got
inspired by a kid." The post was shared worldwide, and the response was
overwhelming for Cabrera's mother, Christina Espinosa.
Cash donations, school supplies and a college scholarship
poured in for the boy, whose dream is to one day be a policeman. The local
church and government social welfare office also received monetary aid on
"We're overjoyed. I don't know what I will do with all of
these blessings," Espinosa told AFP. "Now, Daniel will not have to suffer just
to finish his studies."
Espinosa and her three youngest children, including Cabrera,
live in her employer's mini grocery store, where they moved when their shanty home was destroyed
in a fire five years ago. Espinosa earns only 80 pesos ($1.77) a day as she tries to
provide for her children's father died in 2013.
She is extremely proud of her son, who has a single-minded
focus on his education. Espinosa told AFP that Cabrera often goes to school
with no money for lunch and tells her not to worry. He is determined to
complete his studies.
"He is a very studious and determined boy," Espinosa told AFP. "He always tells me, 'Mama, I don't want to stay poor. I want to reach
my dreams.' "