Turbayar Bat-Od, center, holding the microphone, performs with other members of the band Open Mic Lowc in Erdenet, Orkhon province, Mongolia. The event was organized to thank and encourage health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Axin Mazatl, left, and Cozca Kuahutli sprinkle seeds into censers filled with burned copal tree resin at a ceremony at the Tepalcayotl pyramid in Puebla, Mexico. This traditional offering to Mother Earth is based on pre-Hispanic ancestral knowledge and is part of a movement to preserve cultural heritage.
Kamardheen Sithysameena and Kaleel Ramshiya sow black grain seeds in Adampan, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. Black grain is a profitable option for farmers because Sri Lanka restricts imports of the crop.
Farai Mabiza wears a Spiderman costume to attract customers to toy merchandise displayed on his car in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mabiza says his business has not been lucrative during the coronavirus pandemic since toys are a luxury for some.
Elina Chauvet’s art installation, “Zapatos Rojos,” or “Red Shoes,” memorializes murdered women in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. Chauvet started the project to increase awareness about violence against women.
Proscovia Kirabo, 9, removes bottle top rings to make a rope in Kawanda, Wakiso district, Uganda. Proscovia sells the recycled-plastic ropes and says she’s happy she doesn’t need to buy them to play with anymore.
Uranchimeg Oyunchimeg paints a bench in a shopping district in Erdenet city, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Uranchimeg, who manages this retail area, says, “After the [coronavirus] lockdown is over, everyone will be back to work. I believe that people who come to our shopping street at that time would cheer up and feel happy seeing the colorful, fresh street.”
Sunita Adhikari holds her 7-month-old daughter, Swastika Adhikari, while Shanta Rai, a health care worker, administers medicine at Shankha Park in Kathmandu, Nepal. The government provides free vitamin A tablets and other medicine to children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years to improve health and decrease child mortality.
Gantulga Ankhaa, who is temporarily repairing bikes to earn an income, adjusts a bicycle rim in Erdenet city, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Since automobile traffic is suspended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, more people are riding bicycles to work. “Instead of sitting idly at home doing nothing just because the work is suspended,” Gantulga says, “it is important for a young person to keenly observe and be aware of what could be done given the circumstances of any given time, to be able to identify opportunities and to use them properly.”
Martín Hernández, 8, and Alonso Prado, 10, members of the Rarámuri community, rest after dancing during a Holy Week celebration in Norogachi, Chihuahua, Mexico. Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is considered the most important festival of the year.
Zury Barrera and Abril García scoop ice cream for customers at the Bro-Vix ice cream shop in Tecámac de Felipe Villanueva, Mexico. The shop was closed for three months last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and although only eight customers are allowed inside at a time, sales have recently increased.
Painter Sol Rivero uses a tree as her easel at Parque Rivadavia, a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rivero began to paint outside to share her creative process with the public and spread her name in new places.
José Antonio García works on a clay model at his family’s workshop in San Antonino Castillo Velasco, Oaxaca, Mexico. García developed glaucoma 18 years ago, which caused him to go blind. He asked his wife, Reina Mendoza Sánchez, to help him continue his work. Now, García shapes the pieces, and Mendoza adds the details.
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.
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.
Seggujja David planes wood planks to make items like tables and stools in Kampala, Uganda. Due to the coronavirus, workplaces in Kampala were asked to limit the number of employees who come into work at the same time. Here, the six employees take turns in the workshop.
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.
Allan Christian Covarrubias, a parish priest at Natividad de la Virgen María, a church in Tecámac, Mexico, gives Sunday Mass via livestream. Religious events have been canceled in Mexico since March 30, along with other public gatherings, due to the coronavirus. Religious events were allowed to resume on May 31, but due to limitations on the number of people able to gather, the online services have continued at Natividad de la Virgen María.