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Tono Chelestine, 14, talks with social worker Abel Ortega from the shelter for street children, Niños del Camino, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in mid-March 2011. Tono had just been in a fight with other kids who visit the shelter and did not want to return to the street. Ortega and another social worker, Ana Sosa, told Tono that if he did not start sticking up for himself, the other street children would 'eat him alive.' The shelter is open three days a week and offers a safe place for street children to eat, bath and wash their clothes. But due to a recent loss of funding, the shelter could soon close.