A little boy in the Philippines who didn’t even have a light to study by at night now has enough scholarship money to see him all the way through college. Fast food chain McDonald’s is the latest to offer him help to pay for his education — and it’s launching a new reading program for his school.
A picture of nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera studying beneath a street light went viral last month, triggering a flood of donations for him and his family. A local politician secured a scholarship for him back in July and McDonald’s announced a new one this month.
The new scholarship will cover Daniel’s school supplies, uniforms, and other expenses until he graduates high school. Along with the other donations and scholarships, he’ll have enough to cover all his educational needs until he graduates from college 13 years from now.
McDonald’s got involved because a sign for one of their restaurants appeared in the viral photos — and reporters used that clue to track down the little boy and tell his story.
The restaurant chain is also setting up a reading program for 400 first graders in the neighborhood. Daniel’s little brother, Gabriel, is one of the students who’ll take part.
”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.”
Daniel wants to be a policeman, “to help the Philippines,” he said last month. After receiving the latest scholarship, he says he’ll have to study even harder.
(READ more at ABS-CBN News) — Photo: Joyce Gilos Torrefranca, Facebook
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