Picture a nine-year-old boy diligently doing his school assignment before bedtime.
Nothing unusual there, until you set his image — not in the safety of his home, but outside — in the mean streets of the Philippines, with a tiny wooden stool serving as his study table and illumination coming from the light of a McDonald’s restaurant.
That heart-tugging image of a young boy so eager to get an education despite his family’s impoverished situation, went viral on social media, prompting people from all walks of life to step up to help the boy and his family.
McDonald’s Philippines, whose logo was also caught in the photo of the boy, recently gave the boy, Daniel Cabrera, a basic education scholarship, Huffington Post reported, citing a press release from the fast-food chain.
The grant will cover his school expenses, including supplies and his uniform, through 12th grade.
”As Filipinos, we are proud to meet a boy so determined to succeed in life,” Kenneth Yang, McDonald’s Philippines president and CEO, said in a statement.
“It is with an open heart that we grant him a scholarship to help him achieve his goals.”
Through the scholarship, Daniel, who attends Subangdaku Elementary School in Mandaue City in the southern Philippine province of Cebu, will also receive a monthly allowance.
Because of the support, the diligent boy has promised to study even harder, according to the release.
”Our family can’t be more thankful for all the support given to us,” Daniel’s mother Christina Cabrera said, according to the release. She has four other children.
“As a mother, my main priority is really for my children to finish their studies.”
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