A story about a boy doing his homework under a streetlight in Peru because his family did not have electricity in their home is making waves all across the Internet.
A street camera captured the 11-year-old on video as he sat on the curb under the glowing lights, focused and hard at work. The footage has since gone viral, and honestly, it really makes you think.
In the United States and many other Western countries, electricity is something that we take totally for granted.
If you’re like us, the last time you probably experienced a power blackout is when a giant storm blew through or a transformer on your street randomly went bad. However, in most cases like these, the power almost always comes back on within a few hours. We are quite lucky in that regard.
We often forget that in many parts of the world, power blackouts are still a very common occurrence.
Yet, life doesn’t just stop whenever the lights go off. As many people in less developed countries know, there is still work to do, and instead of waiting for the lights to return before acting, they simply adapt and find a way. After all, there is no telling how long the blackout will last for.
That’s what the boy in this story knew all too well. It turns out, his mom didn’t have money to pay the electricity bill that month.
Yet, he had homework to complete that was going to be due the next day whether his family had electricity or not, so instead of giving up, he found a way to get it done.
It was just another day in the life for the young boy, but after the video went viral, a small miracle happened.
An individual from Bahrain reached out and offered help.
Millionaire philanthropist Yaqoob Yusuf Ahmed Mubarak saw the video and instantly knew he had to do something.
Not only did he pay to get the lights back on in the boy’s home, but he also offered to help them upgrade their living situation.
He sent them money to rebuild their entire modest home. The family was even able to add on a completely new second story.
It’s a heartwarming story. When asked about why he chose to help the boy, Mubarak explained to news agency Tubarco that he too had had a similar childhood. He could relate to the boy’s situation on a personal level. The man’s generosity didn’t just end there either.
Mubarak also promised to help residents rebuild the local school which was in dire need of repairs.
The boy, Víctor Martín Angulo Córdoba, expressed his deep thanks for the man’s incredible generosity in a statement that was later published in the Diario Correo:
“Thank you for the help you are offering, thank you very much because you are helping us to build our school,” Víctor said.
“I thank the people who want to do this to me [build my house]. I thank them very much that they have had that kindness and they have given time to come to my humble home, because anyone does not do it.”
It’s always amazing when stories like these have a happy ending.
We are so happy that Víctor’s family was taken care of and he no longer has to worry about trying to complete his homework in the dark.
Watch the video of the boy completing his homework under the streetlight below.
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