Emelda Chola leads a group in a dance for Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, on March 25. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week for Christians and commemorates the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem before his crucifixion. Chola is holding palm branches, which symbolize the branches that were used to welcome Jesus as he entered the city.
Gift Haambulo juggles torches during a performance at the Lusaka Agricultural and Commercial Show Grounds in Lusaka, Zambia. Haambulo says he is always under threat in his community, because some suspect he uses black magic in his circus act.
Paul Banda, 15, waters cattle at his family's farm in Liteta, a city about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Lusaka, Zambia. Paul says his parents cannot afford the items he needs for school, so he stays at home to help raise the cattle.
Grade-three pupils Wesley Mpaka and Florence Mushimikilo wash their hands during a break at Munso School in Mtendere township, Zambia. More than 3,000 cases of cholera have been recorded in Zambia since October 2017, according to Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya. After 70 cholera-related deaths led to the delay of the 2018 school year, schools mandated that all students wash their hands frequently.
Caleb Mulenga, 7, receives a cholera vaccine at the Mutandabantu grounds of Kanyama township, in Lusaka district, Zambia. Cholera has broken out in the country, and Chitalu Chilufya, the minister of health, says that over 3,000 cases have been recorded, and 50 percent of the patients are in Kanyama. Unlawful waste dumping and a lack of clean water are believed to be major contributors to the outbreak.
Members of Barefeet Theater wear butterfly costumes as they march in a carnival procession at this year’s Barefeet Youth Arts Festival in Lusaka, Zambia. Barefeet Theater hosts this annual festival, which uses art and performance to help bring attention to and provide support for vulnerable children in Zambia.
Children from a nearby settlement called Kalikiliki swim in a pond that formed from standing water in Ibex Hill, a suburb in Lusaka, Zambia. The children say they have no other recreational facilities, so they play here, despite the dangers of standing water, which could include diseases such as bilharzia, an infection caused by parasitic worms.
Jennifer Tembo, 15, tightens a sack of charcoal at the Mtendere Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Jennifer says she started helping her parents with their charcoal business so she could make money to pay the fees required to go to school.
Optician Justin Kaminsa (left) gives Jacqueline Banda a free eye exam at the Kalingalinga clinic in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. The Lions Club of Munali arranged for this health service because the organization felt that eye care was inaccessible to poorer members of Kalingalinga township.
Friends in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, convert reusable cooking-oil buckets into self-heating water buckets by adding heating elements. During winter, the group buys the buckets for 20 kwacha ($2.26) each and the heating elements for 70 kwacha ($7.92). They then sell the final product for 120 kwacha ($13.58).
Queen Daka (left) and Janet Musonda practice football on a makeshift field also used by traders in Chawama, a neighborhood in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Daka says many other girls like her play football to avoid vices and to seek corporate sponsorships that could lead to a football career or allow them to return to school.
Miriam Tembo, 7, draws water from a borehole at Kankumba Primary School in Rufunsa, Zambia. According to UNICEF, the U.N.’s child advocacy agency, more than a third of Zambians do not have easy access to clean water.
Linos Chalwe (right), general secretary of the Footballers and Allied Workers Union of Zambia, FAWUZ, lays flowers at the Heroes’ Acre burial site in Lusaka on the 24th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 30 people, including 18 members of the 1993 Zambia football team, who were on their way to a World Cup qualifying match. The plane went down on April 27 in the Atlantic Ocean off Libreville, Gabon. Chalwe is joined by the Zambia national football team coach Wedson Nyirenda (second from right) and the Zambia under-20 national football team coach Beston Chambeshi (second from left).
Brian Kalunga and his son Kafula (left) prepare their fishing poles as they relax at Kalimba Reptile Park in Lusaka, Zambia. Aside from fishing at the park, visitors can view giant Nile crocodiles, snakes, tortoises and other reptiles on display for educational purposes.
Mirriam Zulu, an entrepreneur, makes waist beads and other beaded jewelry for women at the Mtendere Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Waist beads are used to detect weight gain, and other types of beaded jewelry can convey status or act as a form of intimate communication between husband and wife. Zulu’s business blends beading traditions with more modern necklaces and bracelets.
Vendors Simon Phiri (left) and Amon Kabamba sell a variety of items before the start of the Zambia-Egypt football game during the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, held at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Vendors seized the opportunity to sell merchandise with Zambia’s national colors, including plastic trumpets commonly known as vuvuzelas. Zambia hosted the games from Feb. 26 through March 12.
Aggrey Daka, 85, (left) plays a traditional Zambian game known as “nsolo” with his friends at a shelter in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Daka, who stays at the shelter, and his friends say that playing the game today reminds them of when they played as young men, in the “good old days.”
Daniel Moyo sprays insecticide provided to him by the Zambian government on his maize field in Chilanga, a farming area within the capital city. The 5-acre field was attacked by armyworms, small, black, striped caterpillars that feast on crops. The pests have appeared in increasing numbers around Zambia, alarming Vice President Inonge Wina, who says they might threaten food security if they’re not eradicated.
Rainy season in Zambia regularly brings flooding in Lusaka because of poor drainage in the capital city. But intrepid entrepreneurs see an opportunity to earn money when floodwater fills the streets: These men set up tires and other objects to allow pedestrians to, for a fee, traverse the flooded area without stepping into the water.
From left, Thomas Mwanza, 14, Kuwala Mwango, 12, Sandra Tembo, 14 and Anna Simasiku, 13, carry 20-liter containers of water more than five kilometers to draw water in rural Zambia. They say they sometimes miss school because they must fetch water for their families. More than a third of all Zambians do not have easy access to clean water, according to UNICEF, the U.N.’s child advocacy agency. The stream nearest the village where these children live is contaminated because it is used by animals, Thomas says.
A group of boys from Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, use plastic whistles and metal buckets fashioned into drums to perform in the city center. The boys, who wear T-shirts that say “Young Boys Band,” take donations that are used to buy their school supplies.
Children dance alongside a member of Barefeet Theatre, a group that teaches children theater arts, dance and other skills, during a cultural and tourism festival in the Kabwata suburb of Lusaka. The event, known as Pamodzi Carnival, showcases Zambia’s cultural heritage through music and dance. The carnival occurred in late September.