Filipino boy's 'future secured' after photo goes viral
A homeless nine-year-old boy in the Philippines has been flooded with donations from around the world, after his photo went viral on the internet.
When Joyce Torrefranca posted photographs of a young boy on Facebook, she had no idea what an impact that simple action would soon have on the child's life.
On June 23, the student from Mandaue City, Philippines, shared two photos of a child studying at a makeshift table on a street pavement. "I got inspired by a kid," the woman wrote.
Over the following days, Torrefranca's post went viral, inspiring Filipino news outlet ABS-CBN to track down the child.
The outlet says they managed to locate the boy, identified as 9-year-old Daniel Cabrera, at a store located close to the McDonald's where the photos of him were taken. Daniel's mum, Christina Espinosa, is reportedly an employee at the store.
Espinosa, who is a widow, and her three young children have been living at the store ever since their shanty house was destroyed by fire five years ago, reports the Huffington Post.
Daniel's mom says she earns just 80 pesos, or about £1.10, a day working at the store and as a domestic helper. She lost her husband in 2013.
Deluged with donations
The boy is now being given a much-needed helping hand. In the last few days, Espinosa says the family has been deluged with donations, school supplies and other gifts.
According to ABS-CBN, a local politician named Samuel Pagdilao has given Daniel a scholarship, and local police have also done their part, giving the family money and buying them groceries.
"We're overjoyed, I don't know what I will do with all of these blessings," Espinosa said. "Now Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies."
In a recent interview with radio station DZMM, Daniel said that his dream is to become a policeman one day. "I want ... to help the Philippines," he said.