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Homeless Boy Studying on the Street Grabs the Internet's Attention

A nine-year-old Filipino boy is getting an outpouring of support after a photo of him trying to study on the street went viral.

Daniel Cabrera was doing his schoolwork on a small wooden stool outside of a McDonald's, using the light from the restaurant to try and study at night.

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.

Image via Facebook

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 Cabrera's behalf.

"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.' "

Image via Telegraph

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