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In the small city of Las Piedras on the outskirts of Montevideo, El Abrojo focuses on helping children who work and live on the streets.
The name of the NGO is often believed to be a shortened version of the Spanish phrase, “Abre Los Ojos,” meaning to open one’s eyes. But El Abrojo is actually named after a plant, the abrojo. In Bolivia, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile the spiny abrojo grows in the countryside.