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Crouched low behind a improvised wooden desk, the young boy appears to be using the light from the nearby McDonald's restaurant to help see his homework in the darkness.

This inspiring photo is believed to be of Daniel Cabrera, a young boy who dreams of becoming either a doctor or a police, who was spotted studying in the streets of the Philippines.

Medical student Joyce Torrefranca noticed the boy whilst walking home late at night and felt so moved, she took a quick photo and shared it on her social media page.

A lighting light: The young boy has been identified as nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera, a student in Mandaue city

Inspirational: Daniel lives with his mother and younger brother in a food stall without any walls

According to Rappler, Daniel, 9, is at a Grade 3 elementary school student in Mandaue City.

He only owns a single pencil after one of his fellow students stole his second pencil from him. 

It is believed he lives with his mother and younger brother in a small, wall less food stall after his father died in prison and his old home burnt down.

Despite the difficult conditions, Daniel is committed to his studies and whilst his classmates are playing football in the streets, he is often spotted studying in the light of the restaurant. 

Daniel was noticed by medical student Joyce Torrefranca, who posted the photo online, saying she felt 'inspired by a kid.'

The photo was quickly shared, with dozens of people commenting how impressed they were with the young boy's studying efforts.

Joyce later wrote: 'I didn't think that a simple photo can make a huge difference. Thank you guys for sharing the photo. With that, we were able to help Daniel in reaching his dreams.' 

Giomen Probert Ladra Alayon also saw the boy studying in the street and managed to have a quick conversation with him. 

Writing on his social media page, Giomen praises nine-year old Daniel:

'His example leaves us to ask ourselves, 'If this kid can do it, why can't we? Why do we need to go to coffee shops, study centers, etc. to pay much if studying only requires study materials and your own will power?'

Joyce Torrefranca saw the young boy and felt so touched by his efforts, she took a quick photograph of him

The photos have generated dozens of shares and comments with many people asking how they can help him

He praises the 'real star' of the story as Daniel Cabrera, 'whose determination inspired us and definitely sent an uproar in social media on what studying really means!'

Alayon also commented on how Daniel's attitude should be used as an example by more people.

He wrote: 'Daniel perseveres because he knows how it feels to have nothing. We should learn from him. Life's greatest lessons come not from famous personalities but from simple people. Keep your eyes and mind open.'

'We should learn from him. And with that discipline and focus, I'm sure he will become someone someday! God bless everyone! Good day!' 

A fundraising page has been set up for Daniel, intended to reward the young boy's dedication to his studies by encouraging people to help fund the young boy's education.

The page has already generated ₱22,900 (around £329) and is nearly halfway towards its target of raising over ₱50,000 (over £700) for helping Daniel's school career. 

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The inspiring picture of him doing his homework on the street using a makeshift wooden desk and the dim light from a McDonald's restaurant touched the hearts of millions when it was shared around the world.

Now nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera's determination to drag himself out of poverty in the Philippines has been made all the more remarkable by the emerging details of his life.

It has been revealed that the little boy is homeless and lives in a shack at the back of a food stall where his mother works, after their home was burned down in a fire five years ago.

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This photo of Daniel Cabrera quietly studying in the light from a McDonald's restaurant in Mandaue City, the Philippines, has been shared worldwide

Desperate to learn: Daniel goes to school every day despite having no lunch money. He carries rosary beads in his bag which he hopes will protect him against the school bullies

Inside the shack, Daniel and his siblings take turns to sleep on wooden benches. There are no proper walls or electricity, making it very exposed during the cold winter months.

Daniel's mother, Christina Espinoza, who also has three grown-up children from a previous marriage, works tirelessly to provide for the family. 

She became the sole provider for Daniel after his father died of severe diarrhea in a prison cell three years ago.

As well as being employed as a domestic worker for the food-stall owner, she has often taken on extra jobs.

She earns a small amount of cash as a street vendor, selling cigarettes and sweets to passers-by, she told Rappler. She has also washed other poeople's laundry for money.

Every morning, Daniel walks a kilometre to school, arriving for his first lesson at 8am.

The nine-year-old boy, who does his homework on the street, dreams of becoming a doctor or policeman

Daniel's mother, Christina Espinoza, pictured, sells cigarettes and sweets in the street to help supplement her income as a domestic worker

But once there he has to be careful to avoid the bullies, who have already stolen one of his two only pencils.

Now Daniel keeps a set of rosary beads in his bag, hoping that it will ward off the bullies and that no one will take his remaining pencil.

He has no lamp at home so chooses to study near a McDonald's restaurant in Mandaue City, Cebu - close to his home - because of the large amount of light beaming out of the store.

While his Grade 3 classmates play football in the evenings, Daniel is often seen doing his homework outside the fast-food outlet.  

Proud: She paid tribute to the hardwork and dedication of her son, praising him for pursuing his dreams

Until recently, Daniel was just another poor Filipino boy with big ambitions to become either a doctor or a policeman.

But his life was changed when 20-year-old medical technology student Joyce Torrefranca was walking down the street last month and spotted him studying.

After taking several quick photos on her phone, Torrefranca posted the images on to her social media accounts, writing that she felt 'inspired' by the boy's dedication to his studies. 

The photo was quickly shared around the world, with dozens of people saying how impressed they were with the young boy's efforts. 

Joyce later wrote: 'I didn't think that a simple photo can make a huge difference. Thank you guys for sharing the photo. With that, we were able to help Daniel in reaching his dreams.' 

Giomen Probert Ladra Alayon also saw Daniel studying in the street and had a quick conversation with him. 

Afterwards Giomen wrote: 'His example leaves us to ask ourselves, "If this kid can do it, why can't we? Why do we need to go to coffee shops, study centers, etc. to pay much if studying only requires study materials and your own will power?"'

Determined: Daniel speaks to reporters as he carries on doing his homework in the street 

Hope for his future: After Joyce Torrefranca's photo of Daniel was shared online, a fundraising page has been set up to raise money for him and other children. Joyce wrote: 'Thank you guys'

He said Daniel's determination 'inspired us and definitely sent an uproar in social media on what studying really means!'

Alayon also commented on how Daniel's attitude should be used as an example by more people, writing: 'He perseveres because he knows how it feels to have nothing. We should learn from him.

'Life's greatest lessons come not from famous personalities but from simple people. Keep your eyes and mind open.

'With that discipline and focus, I'm sure he will become someone someday!'

The photo was shared more than 7,000 times from Joyce Torrefranca's Facebook page and has now gained mass media attention.

Since then, a fundraising page has been set up and has raised enough money to pay for Daniel's education all the way through college as well as provide him with more books and his own study lamp. 

His mother told reporters how proud she was of her son: 'He is a very studious and determined boy... he would insist on going to school even without his lunch money because I have no money to give.

'He always tells me: 'Mama, I don't want to stay poor. I want to reach my dreams.' 

The donations have been so generous that some of the money is going to help other children in similar situations.

Violeta Cavada, Mandaue City's social welfare office chief, said: 'Daniel has become a symbol of poor slum boys in the city who can't study because they don't have electricity.'

Despite strong economic growth in recent years, a quarter of the Philippines' 100 million people still live on less than one dollar a day, with giant slums dominating the cities. 

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