Budsuren Uyanga, left, 15, and Bilguun-Orshikh Dagvasambuu, 14, demonstrate taekwondo in Dalanzadgad, a soum in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The Federation of Olympic Taekwondo was established in Umnugovi in July this year. Adolescent athletes from Ulaanbaatar’s Nuudelchin Taekwondo Club came to Umnugovi and organized a two-day taekwondo demonstration for the launch of the Federation.
From left, Navaneethan Yavinsan, 11, Anandarasa Anandavisahan, 11, Sinharasa Siyanth, 17, and Chandran Kisanth, 12, fly a homemade kite in Karaikal, a village in Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. They say that since evening classes were canceled due to the coronavirus, they spend their leisure time flying kites.
From left, Sublime Gbwema, 4; Mastro Ngongo, 6; Ephrahim Gbwema, 11; and Jacque Fumu, 11, entertain themselves near their homes in Meteo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Public institutions, including schools, have been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, leaving children with plenty of time to play.
Junior Kervens Cajou, 13, swings between two trees outside his home in Carrefour, a commune in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "I don’t have any electronic toys,” he says. “I can’t watch television because of the lack of electricity. We created our swing to have fun.”
Luvsanjamts Tserenbataa, 8, plays with his friends, from left, Javzandolgor Bayarsaikhan, 8, and Undarmaa Tumur-Ochir, 11, at a playground near their homes in Erdenebulgan, a district in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Mongolian schools have been closed since late January due to the coronavirus.
Mugula Desire, 2, and Kigozi Malcom, 4, splash in water coming out of a damaged pipe in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda has been under a nationwide curfew since the end of March, and transportation has been banned due to the spread of the coronavirus. Because of these restrictions, no one has been able to fix the pipe.
Mubale Benjamin, left, debates his next move while playing the board game Luddo with friends in Kampala, Uganda. Also pictured, from left, are Ariho Thomas, Mukwaya Jovan, Kasirye Michael and Sesanga Fasial. The Ugandan government has closed all schools in the country until at least May 5th due to the spread of the coronavirus, leaving students without a place to spend their days.
Young schoolgirls put together a puzzle of various types of vehicles in Kampala, Uganda. They live together in the same neighborhood, Ntinda, and often play games like this together. The girls say that the next puzzle they intend to put together will feature wild animals.
Anywhere Shoko, 13 (left), and Aleck Majamanda, 6, fly kites in the morning before they leave for school in Harare, Zimbabwe. They make the kites themselves, using plastic and grass straws to give them a firm shape.
McDonald Garaidenga trains with a boxing club at the Stodart Club Room in Harare, Zimbabwe. Classes here are provided free of charge, one of the reasons why Garaidenga says he has trained here for over a year.
Guerby André, 14 (left to right), concentrates on his next move in a game of marbles with his school friends Gardy Mezil, 11, and Cherdnerson Jean, 13, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The game is popular with boys here, who often play it during school holidays.
Sam Lugada and Kasim Musiige concentrate on a game of Omweso on Bugala Island in Uganda’s Kalangala District. The two play the traditional game, which is similar to mancala, on a rock believed to be carved by the island’s spirits hundreds of years ago.
Arthur Tinashe Mushingaidzwa, a coach for the Dalenastics Gymnastics Club, trains with Tanatswa Mutowo in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mutowo, 14, is a gymnast for the Zimbabwe national team and has his sights set on competing in the Olympics.
Tapiwa Mubaiwa (left) and Tinotenda Zowa play a game of cards during their lunch break in the Milton Park neighborhood of Harare, Zimbabwe. The two work as gardeners and regularly play cards during breaks to unwind, laugh and relax.
Sonam B.k, 8 (left to right), Kamala B.k, 7, Uma B.k, 8, Kalpana Nepali, 5, Naresh B.k, 6, Kamal Nepali, 7, and Bimal Darlami, 6, play a game called gotta together in Girighat, an area in Surkhet District, Nepal. The children live in a temporary camp for people who were displaced by flooding in 2015.
Thembelani Mandingaise, 15 (blue uniform), plays a clapping game with Vanessa Makawa, 8, as Sharon Mkonto, 6, watches in Kambuzuma, a high density suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. The three play to pass the time as they wait outside a feeding center called Faith Community Support Trust for their daily meal. Meals are donated by local non-profits and well-wishers.
Yemurai Kunaka, 6, plays with her doll that she named Vimbiso, meaning promise in the Shona language, in the high density neighborhood of Hopley Farm, Harare, Zimbabwe. The area lacks many requisite facilities such as schools, clinics and well-organized housing infrastructure. Like other children in the neighborhood, Yemurai goes to a local makeshift school and often plays on the roads or in her yard after school lets out.
Johnson Arun, 15, plays football with other neighborhood children near the beach in Gurunagar, a village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The children, who live in a residential area nearby, play football here every evening after school has ended for the day.