Vairavan Santhalingam (left) and his wife Santhalingam Leela watch their grandchildren in the courtyard of their house in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. They moved here to build a new life after being displaced by Sri Lanka’s civil war, which ended in 2009. More than eight people live together in the small property.
Parmeshwori Devi Mukhiya and her husband, Faltu Mukhiya, who are both blind, stand in front of their home in a settlement on the banks of the Bagmati Riverin Kathmandu, Nepal. They moved to Kathmandufrom Bandipur, about four hours away, looking for better employment opportunities.
Gloire, 8, holds a goat’s leash with Sifa, 10, (left) and Oscar, 4, (right) while they take the animals out to graze in Nyamiindo, a neighborhood of Kayna, Democratic Republic of Congo. Their legal guardian, Isabelle Kahambu Ngotsi (not pictured) taught them how to take the goats to graze. Kahambu Ngotsi, with help from Solidaritat Castelldefels Kasando, a group for children without parents, currently cares for 17 orphaned children.
Theresa Kazunga and her son Enock wash a carpet at Ngwenya Dam in the Misisi township in Lusaka, Zambia. “We don’t need to pay for water to wash our clothes [here],” says Kazunga. She says that getting water elsewhere usually costs one Zambian kwacha (8 cents) for three 20-liter (16-gallon) buckets – “Imagine how much it could cost if you are doing laundry.”
Lucía Vázquez Luna, holding a cross with the names of murdered family members, participates in a protest demanding justice for the Matanza de Acteal, a massacre which took place in the Acteal village of Mexico’s Chiapas state in 1997. The massacre took the lives of 45 Tsotsil people, including nine of Vázquez Luna’s relatives.
In Bizoton, a suburb of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, Paulette Aurélien teaches her daughter, Mireille Mirtyl, how to knit. Aurélien has been custom-knitting clothes for her clientele for 13 years. Mireille dreams of becoming a seamstress one day.
Isha Thapa, 2, dances to a Nepalese song during a family picnic in Birendranagar, Nepal. To help introduce her to their culture, Isha’s parents dressed her in the traditional garb of the Magar, the group to which the family belongs.
Ananias Kobuyambi (center) and members of his family cut a cake to celebrate his 90th birthday on Dec. 26 at his home in Rutooma village, Kabuyanda, a subcounty of Uganda’s Isingiro district. In Uganda, the average life expectancy is 62.
In Bawits, Tenejapa, a community in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, Lucia Luna Entzin, 5, helps her family weave a mesh screen that will be reinforced with metal bars and lined with cement to become the base of their ferro-cement rainwater tank. Many homes in indigenous communities of the Chiapas Highlands do not have running water, so families have been coming together to build rainwater tanks and avoid walking, sometimes for hours, to access clean water.
Close family and friends of Thérèse Matandu gathered under a purple canopy in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sept. 26 for the funeral of the 70-year-old woman, who had passed away in a hospital six days earlier. Various people from throughout the community also attended to pay their last respects. It is common in Congolese culture for entire communities to attend funerals.
Solange Mutumwinka is helped out of a boat at a public beach on Lake Kivu, after her marriage to Justin Munyentwari (top) in the Gisenyi Sector of Rwanda’s Rubavu District. Couples who wed in Gisenyi can take a boat ride after the ceremony to have their photos taken on Lake Kivu.
Laxmi Chaudhary, 20, holds her 1-year-old child while her 3-year-old child watches as she collects water in Bardiya District, Nepal. In Bardiya’s indigenous Tharu community, in the Terai plains, some family members cook food and bring it to others who work in the fields.
Juana Guzaro helps her daughter Ana Guzaro, 7, arrange her belt, as Ana delicately combs her hair before they run errands in Viucalvitz Nebaj village in Quiché, a department in northwestern Guatemala. The traditional outfits in this community can take 10 to 15 minutes to put on, so mothers often help their daughters get dressed.
A bride and groom pose on their wedding day in Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in Democratic Republic of Congo. Many Congolese couples live together without being married because they can’t afford a wedding. Congo Men’s Network, which works with men to end gender-based violence and other problems, coordinated marriage ceremonies for about two dozen couples by paying their administrative fees.
Kahingo Bauma Amida, a former fighter with the Patriotic Alliance for a Free and Sovereign Congo, also known as the APCLS, an armed rebel group, stands with her baby in Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. She joined the group when she was just 12 years old. She was captured by government forces and taken to a military training camp, where she lived for three years. Now 23 years old, she lives in Goma, but says she hasn’t received any assistance from the government to build her life there.
Dambar Tailor, 50, carries his sick grandson, Bikash Tailor, 12 on a path that leads from their village of Basuling in Nepal’s extreme western edge. There is no health clinic in Basuling, and no road for vehicles to reach it. Tailor, with Bikash on his back, walks for two hours to the nearest road, where the pair will board a bus to Baitadi, a larger town, to get medical help.
A bride walks down a main street in August toward a church in Libres, a municipality in the central state of Puebla. Members of the wedding party walk with her and behind her, some holding instruments and others leading horses.
Brigitte Asifiwe, 10, carries her little sister Shukuru on her back on Idjwi an island located in Lake Kivu. Brigitte brings her baby sister to visit their mother at the Bugarula port where she sells fruit so that the baby can breastfeed.