Sylma Escobar, a senior marine wildlife rehabilitation technician, feeds Taicaraya, a baby manatee. Department of Natural and Environmental Resources personnel rescued Taicaraya in May, when she was found stranded on the beach in Punta La Bandera, Puerto Rico. After the rescue, Taicaraya was transported to the Caribbean Manatee Conservation Center for treatment and rehabilitation. The Caribbean Stranding Network, along with the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, created the Caribbean Manatee Conservation Center to research, rescue and rehabilitate animals and to educate the public about manatees and other marine species. The Conservation Center cares for the animals in order to later release them.
Sharon “Chachi” González Colón one of the original founders of Colectivo Moriviví, a collective of women artists, paints a mural of a girl with soapy hands and bubbles, titled, “El Distanciamiento es Físico No Social” in Santurce, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The mural intends to be a message of prevention, support and solidarity in the face of the coronavirus.
Pigeons wait for tourists to feed them at Parque de las Palomas, a park and tourist attraction in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ever since the coronavirus arrived in Puerto Rico and the government declared a curfew on March 15, tourism and business have suffered. Now, with a new executive order, most businesses are beginning to open with required precautions, though some remain closed for safety reasons.
Héctor Perdomo Encarnación sells masks on Avenida Juan Ponce de León, a main thoroughfare in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Before the coronavirus hit Puerto Rico and the government declared a curfew on March 15, Perdomo Encarnación worked in the construction industry. His work was halted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Now he sells masks, which his friend makes, Monday through Friday in the San Juan communities of Santurce and Condado.
From left, Laila Torres, 16, Jezael Torres, 12, and Ilianys Miranda, 8, load soil into a wheelbarrow for planting in Orocovis, a mountainous town in central Puerto Rico. Approximately 14 children have been meeting at the Solidarity House, in the Miraflores sector of Orocovis, since early July for ecology camp. At the camp, known as the Miraflores Children’s Agricultural School, children plant and harvest food and learn about inclusive language, agroecology and sustainability.
Sharellie Vega passes ice cream to Juan Rivera, in black face mask, and Estefanie Figueras at Heladería Georgetti, an ice cream shop in Río Piedras, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Until recently, customers couldn’t enter the shop due to the coronavirus, but the business stayed open by using a side gate as a service window.
Lemanuel Colón ties a lure to his fishing pole on Playa Bramadero, a beach in Mayagüez county, Puerto Rico. Colón says that because his class and work were canceled as a result of the coronavirus, he’s decided to learn something new with his friend, Josecarlo Rivera. “It’s our first time trying to fish, to learn something different,” Colón says. “We’re helping each other, giving each other a hand.”
Bianca Rodríguez holds a cardboard sign that reads “university students only” at an entrance to the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where students can claim free boxes of food. Employees and volunteers from the Deanery of Graduate Studies and Research, the Rio Piedras Urban, Community and Business Action Center and Mesón de Amor, a community project, have distributed the boxes once a week for six weeks to help students who have been economically affected by the coronavirus.
Javier Vélez displays his artisanal woodwork in at a public market known as Art Walk in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Artisans from Rincón and neighboring towns come every week to sell their wares or crops, since the town gets a lot of tourism. It is common to smell coffee and hear people speaking and enjoying the cheerful atmosphere.
Eric Rodríguez, 11, fishes with his family at the Humacao Nature Reserve in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The land, previously dedicated to the cultivation of sugar cane, was designated as a conservation project in 1986.
Eddie Cruz Rodríguez, 59, has been selling “granos,” a fried dish made of ground rice, water, salt, oil and a small piece of cheese, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, for the last 42 years. He inherited the business from his parents, Bartola Rodríguez Santana and Fausto Cruz, who founded a granos factory in 1950.
Participants walk during Relay for Life, which took place in Humacao, Puerto Rico on May 18. Relay for Life is a community event hosted by the American Cancer Society since 1996, and now takes place in over 22 countries. During the event, participants walk or run around a track for 12 or 24 hours to raise money for the organization.
Painter, sculptor and screen print artist Samuel Lind Hernández, 66, works in his art studio in Loíza, Puerto Rico. He stands behind his sculpture of Osain, a deity of wild plants, medicine and healing, according to the Yoruba religion. Lind Hernández’s sculpture represents the culture and tradition of the loiceños, as residents of Loíza are known.