For two hours three days a week, María Escobar, 29, washes her family’s clothes in front of their house in Chemal, a community in the Chajul municipality of Guatemala’s Quiché department. Escobar soaks the clothes in the large basin, then uses a wooden board and soap.
Following a 7.1-magnitude Sept. 19 earthquake in central Mexico, residents like Lorena Álvarez, 39, of San Gregorio Atlapulco, Xochimilco, are forced to rely on water from tankers to meet basic needs until repairs can be made. Her neighborhood, which is still without basic infrastructure, is on the southern extreme of the Mexico City metropolitan area. The quake, one of a series in Mexico, damaged the hydraulic infrastructure that supplies this community. Tankers from the Mexican military and other aid groups arrived three days after the temblor to supply emergency stores of clean water.
José Vega (left) and Hector Guzmán (right) teach students from different Mexican regions how to solder and connect cells for a solar panel during a class in Jomanichim, an indigenous community in the municipality of Tenejapa, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The class is led by Manuel Barrón, from the Desarrollo Regional Autogestivo Integral Sustentable (DRAIS) organization. The students will make their own solar panels after learning this delicate process, which needs to be done carefully to avoid burning the cells.
Antonio Terraza, 75, uses polyester thread to crochet a traditional “morral,” or satchel. He’s in front of a store near his home in the village of Vicalama, part of the municipality of Nebaj, in Guatemala's Quiché department. Preserving a tradition of his community, Terraza uses threads of many colors.
Rapper Violeta Kovensky (center), who uses the stage name Vaio Flow, performs a song in support of legalizing abortion during a Sept. 29, march in front of the Congreso de la Nación Argentina, Buenos Aires, to commemorate the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion a day earlier. Following the march, Kovensky and other members of the women’s artist collective known as AÚLLA held a candlelight vigil for women who have died from clandestine abortions.
Demonstrators rallied on Sept. 26 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas state, on the third anniversary of the disappearance of 43 Mexican college students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state. The unsolved case of the missing students continues to spark a major outcry in Mexico. According to a 2016 investigation by an international panel of experts, the 43 young men were last seen during a violent clash with local police.
Classmates Antonio Guzaro (right), 8, and Mario de Paz, 9, play marbles on a street in Vicalama, a community in the Nebaj municipality of Guatemala’s Quiché department. During the evenings, children can be found playing marbles, a popular children’s game in Guatemala, on the street, in schools or at their homes.
On an 82-foot pole, four men prepare for the ritual ceremony of the “Voladores,” or “Flying Men.” Attached to ropes, they are spun around the mast as they’re lowered to the ground, while a fifth man at the top plays the flute and drum in Mexico City’s oldest urban park, Bosque de Chapultepec. The ritual originated in what is now Veracruz, Mexico, more than 2,600 years ago and was intended to petition the gods for sun and rain to fertilize the earth.
Lucy Ovilla (second from right) instructs artists from Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico, as they prepare a collective art display titled “Curanderas,” or healer women, for the exhibition “Ivaginarium,” organized by La Botica Fundación de Arte Contemporáneo. As part of “Curanderas,” each artist designed and made a doll, as a step toward healing.
Community development council members (from left) Juan Brito, 38; Francisco López, 23; José Bernal, 45; and Celestino Marcos, 56, put together a risk reduction map for the Sumal Grande community, in the Nebaj municipality of Guatemala’s Quiché department. The map identifies vulnerable areas within the community and will help it mitigate the effects of a natural disaster.
Daniel Cardozo (second from left), a representative from Molacnats en Paraguay, an organization that defends child and adolescent workers against exploitative labor conditions, speaks during a forum on the topic of children’s rights and empowerment in relation to the concept of Lekil Kuxlejal, which means “good living.” The Melel Xojobal organization, which aids marginalized children, organized the two-day event in August for the group’s 20th anniversary and it took place in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Chiapas, Mexico.
Jorge Gómez, 38, holds the Guatemalan flag while he and other members of Save the Children, an organization that works to improve education and living conditions for children, sing Guatemala’s national anthem during their Independence Day celebration in the Nebaj municipality, in the department of Quiché. The Save the Children group met on Sept. 14 to celebrate 196 years of independence, officially celebrated nationally on Sept. 15.
Dozens of people rushed to the site of a collapsed building in Mexico City to search for survivors after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon. Luis Felipe Puente, head of the civil defense agency, said Wednesday via Twitter that 223 people have been confirmed dead, including 93 people in the capital city. At least 30 buildings in Mexico City collapsed in the temblor, according to the city's press office.
Participants in a ritual organized by the ecofeminism group Agua y Vida: Mujeres, Derechos y Ambiente offer salutations to the four cardinal points, north, south, east and west, during a Mayan ritual. This ceremony marked the beginning of ecofeminism workshops and conferences held Aug. 4-5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a major city in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state.
Florinda García Méndez, 60, sells pozol, a traditional drink made from cacao and corn and served in a gourd, at her stall outside the Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán in Chiapa de Corzo, a town in Chiapas state, Mexico. García Méndez, who has been selling pozol since she was 7, gets up at 3 a.m. to cook the corn and brown the cacao.
Dancers from regions throughout Mexico traveled to the southern town of Chiapa de Corzo for the 1a Muestra Nacional de Danzón, to celebrate the danzón style. The rhythmic partner dance originated in Cuba in the late 19th century and is popular in Mexico. This gathering, the first of its kind in Chiapa de Corzo, aimed to preserve danzón and to promote the style.
Dancers performed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept. 1 during a protest demanding government response to the alleged forced disappearance of Santiago Maldonado, 28. He was last seen Aug. 1 in the Patagonia region during a border police operation. Members and supporters of the Mapuche Pu Lof indigenous community, including Maldonado, were protesting the displacement of indigenous people in an area owned by Benetton, the clothing company. “We dance because we want Santiago to appear alive,” says Viviana Maldonado, who is not related to Santiago Maldonado.
Jean Raymond Philogène, 37, performs his job as a caoutchouc man, or rubber man, in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. Philogène, who has been a caoutchouc man for seven years, repairs rubber products like car tires on a street corner.
Iván Mendoza, 28, rides with his daughter Melanie (center), 3, and his niece Karina, 9, on an artificial lake in Bosque de Chapultepec, the largest and most iconic urban park in Mexico City. On weekends, hundreds of families come to this park, where boating and face painting are part of the experience.
Walgens Celus, 29, uses a razor blade on his paintings in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. Celus studied painting for 16 years. He has practiced his own street-art style, which involves blending colors with a razor blade.
For at least five hours a day, Ortencio de Villa weaves women’s clothes in a variety of popular local styles in San Juan Cotzal, in Quiché department, Guatemala. De Villa provides for his family, despite the social stigma and “machista,” or macho, ideology that keep many men from doing this type of work.
Joel Julajuj (left), 19, and José Julajuj, 17, who are not related, participate in a workshop at their school in Chaquijyá village in Sololá, a department in southwestern Guatemala. The event is an icebreaker, at which those attending gave each other flowers and talked about their goals, to learn how they can support one another and motivate themselves to be successful.
Children aged 10 to 15 use a computer in one of their first technology classes at the Escuela Guadalupana, a school in Chaquijyá village in the department of Sololá, Guatemala. Their teacher, Leona Sajvin, provides her personal computer to show the students the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet.
Adela Álvarez, 50, (center) reacts to being anointed with holy water at a chapel outside the Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe, a Catholic sanctuary in Mexico City dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Álvarez says she is very devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe, and she often goes to the basilica to ask for help or to express gratitude.