From left, Pamela Rodríguez Vela, José Ramón Fernández and Octavio Escobar Blancas paint a home in Puebla, Mexico. Neighbors, community groups and nonprofits around the city organized a neighborhood cleanup of the historic city center. Participants were entered in a raffle, and the winner had their home painted for free.
Nigel Sana, 16, digs a well in Harare, Zimbabwe. This neighborhood does not have access to city water, so residents rely on makeshift wells like this one. Sana is a student, but with many schools closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, he is digging this well to earn extra income.
The artists known as Line Marker, left, and Notek adhere an image to a wall in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico. Line Marker chose Benito Juárez for the image to provoke humor and represent strength in these difficult times. “In Mexican history, Juárez symbolizes the determined struggle against invasion,” Line Marker says. “It’s the same now: the invasion of a virus that evolved and is generating fear in its wake.”
Carlos Verdín, a volunteer, rests after preparing approximately 400 meals at Vrindavan Deli, a restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico. During the pandemic, volunteers from different religions joined together to distribute meals to migrants, people without homes and others in need. Doctors and nurses at the Red Cross and Civil Hospital of Guadalajara have also received meals.
Odgerel Bayasgalan, 20, tapes the walls of the sports hall at General Education School No. 11 to paint a mural about the love and protection of nature in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mongolia closed its borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but local tourism increases over the summer.
Woodly Caymitte, 27, works on a sculpture of George Floyd in Carrefour Feuilles, Haiti. “In Haiti, many have expressed their indignation at this tragedy, but as the first revolutionary and independent black people who put an end to slavery, it is important to immortalize this character who is changing the world,” Caymitte says.
Gerelmaa Chuluun, 75, exits an underground pedestrian tunnel on her way home from Darkhan Market in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province. Traffic near the market caused a number of accidents involving pedestrians, so the city built an underground tunnel to provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street.
José Ernesto Ávalos Pardo, commander of the 35th military zone, serves Lucía Alcocer, left, at a soup kitchen in Chilpancingo, a city in Mexico’s Guerrero state. The state government set up the soup kitchen to feed those in need during the coronavirus crisis.
Volunteer Gantugs Namnansuren hands a care package to Jargaltsetseg Nandintsetseg, 12, and Khurelchuluun Batsukh in Erdenebulgan, an area in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. People in Need, an international nonprofit, donated packages to 350 low-income households as part of a campaign to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
People attend the launch of campaigns for the regular parliamentary election of the Mongolian State Great Khural (Parliament) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The election will be held on June 24, 2020, so the government of Mongolia adopted regulations for campaign activities. They include moving many activities online, cleaning and disinfecting areas where gatherings will be held, keeping a distance of at least 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) between attendees, avoiding physical touch, and wearing face masks.
Daniel Pérez packs bags of food provisions in Puebla, Mexico. The Fresh Food Basket includes 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of Manila mangoes, cucumbers, seedless limes, onion and a pineapple for 100 Mexican pesos ($4.47). The collective Enfermos Renales y Trasplantados Puebla organized their network of volunteers to sell fruits and vegetables from producers in Veracruz at markdowns, so low-budget households can access them.
Demonstrators march against police abuse in downtown Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, Mexico. The protest concluded in front of the government palace. The Jalisco government mobilized the police force to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but many came to protest the police’s excessive force, especially following the death of Giovanni López, who died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing a face mask.
Fernando Urzúa distributes water bills in downtown Mexico City, Mexico. Urzúa usually investigates reports of leaks but has been filling in for a colleague at high risk for contracting the coronavirus. “It’s uncomfortable but safe,” Urzúa says of the face mask and goggles his employer gave him to protect himself. “It does scare me to go out, but when I get home, I take off all my clothes, I put it in a plastic bag and I bathe. We have to follow the hygiene measures that the government of Mexico City has implemented.”
Uguumur Ochirkhuyag organizes donated books for the free library she created in Murun, the center of Mongolia’s Khuvsgul province. The only public library in Murun was closed in January due to the spread of the coronavirus, leaving the community without a place to read borrowed books. Uguumur was inspired to host a free library, and her father helped by asking for support on social media. In response, people donated three refrigerators and many books. Uguumur painted the refrigerators with phrases related to books in decorative Latin, Cyrillic and traditional Mongolian scripts, and placed them in central Murun.
The municipal government of Puebla has come up with various ways to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in this city in central Mexico. Since April 20, members of the Department of Municipal Citizen Security have stopped vehicular circulation in the first block of the city. They mark the streets, inform the citizenry of the procedures, and restrict authorized access to local transit, water trucks, trash trucks and emergency vehicles.
Fredi Peña Sánchez offers antibacterial gel to public-transportation drivers on Benito Juárez Avenue in Chilpancingo, a city in southern Mexico. Peña Sánchez, who works at a clothing store, says he and his co-workers have been distributing surgical masks and antibacterial gel since the beginning of April to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Altantsetseg Tsedevdorj knocks on a door in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province, hoping to educate the homeowners on how to protect their family from the spread of the coronavirus. The neighborhood Altantsetseg is canvassing is home to 1,400 households. So far, Altantsetseg has handed out flyers with recommendations issued by the Emergency Commission of Darkhan-Uul Province to 860 families.
Employees from the Guerrero state government’s sanitation department spray sanitizer at a public square in Chilpancingo, a city in southern Mexico’s Guerrero state. To battle the spread of the coronavirus, the state government began a campaign in April to sanitize heavily trafficked spaces like hospitals, public buildings and plazas.
Ismael Cruz Bustillos holds a photograph from a family album at his home in Chihuahua, Mexico. The photo shows him getting painted for the Pascol dance, a traditional dance in the Rarámuri culture, often associated with Easter. Cruz Bustillos has danced at the Norogachi community’s Holy Week festival for the past six years. This is the first year it did not take place, he says.
Shoppers line up outside a supermarket in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in late March to do some last-minute shopping before lockdown. The Zimbabwean government has restricted nonessential movements nationwide until at least May 4, and the spread of the coronavirus has led to social distancing measures, like those seen in the line.
Vivian Chisenga sweeps a road near Mtendere Market in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Local Government Minister Charles Banda ordered a weekly cleanup of all markets to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Zivanai Bimha washes his hands at a temporary washing station in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council, in partnership with local company Ecosure, installed the basins in busy parts of the capital to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In a large garden full of trees at the Hotel Bosques del Sol in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, local producers gather every Sunday to sell everything from natural cosmetics, to local produce, to artisanal textiles. Known locally as the Firefly Street Market, it began as a weekly street market for local producers with the goal of developing community and aiding the local economy.
On weekends and during vacations, María Cristina Garza dresses up as a quetzal bird, which is highly prized for its beautiful feathers, and poses for photos in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. She charges tourists 20 Mexican pesos ($1) per photo. “There are very good days,” she says. “I make up to 500 pesos ($26) in tips in one afternoon.”