At La Victoire, a hair salon in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dalmon Katembo Ndughuta cuts Devotte Katungu’s hair while Mumbere Jacques, 2, watches. Katembo Ndughuta uses homemade products to straighten customers’ hair.
Nambooze Vanesa, 5, blows on the fire that he and Semuguuma Shaban, 5, are using to prepare a dish known as tokotoko in Nsumbi village, in Uganda’s Wakiso district. Tokotoko is sometimes used as a game to teach children how to cook.
From her home in Tecámac, in the state of Mexico, kindergarten teacher Berenice Cruz video chats with parents to discuss her students’ learning environments and upcoming schoolwork. “I’m going to change the decorations based on the holidays that come up,” she says.
During a traditional ceremony, Buyandalai Ulambayar gallops on his horse while offering horse milk to the air with a tsatsal, a ceremonial wooden milk spoon, in Bayandalai soum, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. During the ceremony, he chants, “Tsegeend tsad,” which means, “May we have plenty of food!”
Uranzaya Jamiyansuren tends vegetables in the greenhouse at her home in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Uranzaya and her neighbor Munkhbaatar Tsogzolmaa built the greenhouse three years ago to grow food for their families’ consumption.
Purushottam Giri Sangeet Acharya, 60, a Hindu holy man known as a sadhu, reads near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. He says that after the government announced a lockdown and religious sites closed due to COVID-19, many sadhus chose to leave Pashupatinath, where they lived.
Miguel de los Santos sculpts tree trunks for the Sierra Hermosa Sports Complex in Tecámac, in the state of Mexico. One of his sculptures is a Mexican grizzly bear that went extinct in the 1960s, to raise awareness of the role humans play in the extinction of animals.
Macrina Mateo works on a piece of pottery in San Marcos Tlapazola, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. This community in the Central Valleys region is inhabited by the Zapotec people and is known for pottery made from the yellow and red clay around its mountains.
Farouk Kasozi applies cement to a home in Nsumbi, a village in Uganda’s Wakiso district. Kasozi says that although construction work has continued after the three-month coronavirus lockdown, jobs are limited.
A stray dog rests in front of a row of shops near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. All religious sites have been closed since the end of March due to the coronavirus, including the main gate to the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred site for Hindus. The shops that line the area are normally crowded with tourists, but owners have seen little business during the pandemic.
Mawe Mawe, a musician, rehearses outside his home in Kitukutwe, a neighborhood in Uganda’s Wakiso district. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Mawe has turned to tailoring clothes to earn an income.
Jeremiah Gwate washes his hands at the gate to his homestead in Gungwe, a village in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South province. Gwate made the hand-washing station by wiring a plastic bottle to a stick, and he steps on the stick to tilt the bottle.
Alejandro Negrete puts on a helmet he made to look like an axolotl during the Rodada Axolotl 2.0 bicycle demonstration in Mexico City, Mexico. The demonstration was held to protest the construction of a vehicular bridge that threatens a wetland in Xochimilco, a neighborhood in the south of the capital. “It’s an axolotl because the animal is native to the municipality, it has been a symbol of Xochimilco for many years and it’s in danger of extinction,” Negrete says. “The few species that used to live in the wetland have already disappeared. Taking control with bicycles, taking some space back from the cars – which have always had the upper hand in this – is essential. Cars separate you, and bicycles get you to create communities.”
María Luna participates in a Mayan ceremony in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The ceremony honors the fifth anniversary of the declaration of the Maria Eugenia Mountain Wetlands as a sacred place. Locals and members of environmental groups gathered to honor life, Mother Earth and nature. The city of San Cristóbal de las Casas lies in a mountain wetland area, but the city’s growth and demand for housing have increasingly destroyed this natural environment.
Cristian Romero, a dancer, producer and the director of the Mas Beat dance academy, performs for drivers at a red light in the El Carmen neighborhood of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico. Since dance companies and art centers have closed, artists like Romero have taken to the streets to share their routines for donations. “We have no choice but to put our hearts into it,” Romero says.
Otis Kembo installs solar panels at traffic lights in Mutare, Zimbabwe. This is the city’s second renewable energy project, after streetlights were installed last year to counter power cuts and ensure the safety of residents at night.
Gladys Matate, left, and Chipo Mandivengerei braid Tariro Nyashanu’s hair at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mandivengerei says some clients do not feel safe in salons due to the coronavirus, so the pair have resorted to going where their clients feel safe. She adds that they always wear face masks to protect themselves and their clients.
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.
José Ángel Tomas, 83, is a tailor in Guadalajara, the capital city of Mexico’s Jalisco state. He moved there on his own at the age of 12 to learn the trade. “Today, the fabric does not last long,” Ángel Tomas says. “Before, it lasted for many years. Now, they’re finished after being worn two or three times: They rip or lose their shape. Before, a suit was for one’s whole life. Not anymore.”