Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
From left, Pamela Rodríguez Vela, José Ramón Fernández and Octavio Escobar Blancas paint a home in Puebla, Mexico. Neighbors, community groups and nonprofits around the city organized a neighborhood cleanup of the historic city center. Participants were entered in a raffle, and the winner had their home painted for free.
San Isidro del Palmar, Mexico
Guillermo Antonio Altamirano Ramírez monitors his cornfield on the banks of the Tonameca River in San Isidro del Palmar, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. The river flooded in August after heavy rainfall, leaving soggy crops and football fields. “No one is denying that this is how nature is,” Altamirano says, recalling when Hurricane Paulina came through the area nearly 23 years ago. “This doesn’t even compare to Paulina. This was just a little flood.”
Nigel Sana, 16, digs a well in Harare, Zimbabwe. This neighborhood does not have access to city water, so residents rely on makeshift wells like this one. Sana is a student, but with many schools closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, he is digging this well to earn extra income.
Herman Vázquez García, better known as Alibastik, sews wrestling masks in Chilpancingo, a city in Mexico’s Guerrero state. Vázquez has been wrestling for more than 40 years, but he slowed down toward the end of 2019 to prepare for his retirement from the ring. In addition to participating in the sport, he makes masks for wrestlers, a trade that today has become part of his economic sustenance. “This job doesn’t make me rich, but it does help me take care of necessary expenses,” Vázquez says.
Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico
Erika Martínez and Silverio Arango make bread to sell at the Mercado Alternativo Artesanal in Mazunte, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. “The recipe is the same one we’ve been using since we started almost six years ago,” Arango says. “Except that we improved it by using sourdough instead of yeast.”
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
César Aceves makes chiles en nogada at his restaurant, Mesón de la Cofradía, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The dish, which features stuffed poblano chiles and a walnut sauce, is offered during August and September because that’s when the ingredients are available.
Murun, Khuvsgul Province, Mongolia
Otgonsuren Altan-Ochir, 17, paints cloth bags with eco-friendly paints at Tenkhleg, a department store in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Otgonsuren is making an effort to be more environmentally conscious by using these reusable bags.
Roberto García emcees an event on the roof of a home in Ecatepec, Mexico. García has used his talents as a sonidero to entertain neighbors since the pandemic began. “We did it with the aim of paying tribute to the neighbors who had fallen ill or passed away due to COVID and bringing a bit of happiness and music to everyone in quarantine,” García says. His rooftop sonideros gained attention over the months, which eventually led to an invitation from Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Ecatepec, an artist collective, to play in Ecatepec.
Calpan, Puebla, Mexico
Aldahir Díaz Aguilar, left, and Pedro Maldonado discuss operations as they walk through a creole poblano chile farm in Calpan, a region in Mexico’s Puebla state. The duo work with Sociedad Cooperativa Sabores de Calpan, a cooperative that encourages local residents to visit farms to learn about plant cultivation.
Wakiso District, Uganda
Brian Waniboth, behind the easel, and his nephew Brighten Jakisa paint outside Waniboth’s home in Uganda’s Wakiso district. They are painting prominent Ugandans, including Bobi Wine, to sell as the country heads toward a presidential election in 2021.
San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca, Mexico
Rosa Martínez, 45, sells fish on the streets of San Pedro Pochutla, a city in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. “We are selling less than normal,” says Martínez, a single mother. “Before, I used to come every day. Now I come to sell every other day, but I have to come and sell, so I can take care of my children.”
Nkosinothando Sithole paints Tatenda Banhu’s nails at her salon in Harare, Zimbabwe. Regulations in Zimbabwe have loosened to allow more businesses to operate during the pandemic.
Bayandalai, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Khurbilguun Sergelen, 14, shears a sheep at his neighbor’s home in Bayan, a neighborhood in the Bayandalai soum of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Every June and July, herders in Mongolia shear all their sheep.
Orocovis, Puerto Rico
From left, Laila Torres, 16, Jezael Torres, 12, and Ilianys Miranda, 8, load soil into a wheelbarrow for planting in Orocovis, a mountainous town in central Puerto Rico. Approximately 14 children have been meeting at the Solidarity House, in the Miraflores sector of Orocovis, since early July for ecology camp. At the camp, known as the Miraflores Children’s Agricultural School, children plant and harvest food and learn about inclusive language, agroecology and sustainability.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
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.
Regai Madzingo, carrying her son Joel Hwingwiri, weaves mats at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. She used to sell vegetables in town, but she started to weave mats to survive during the coronavirus lockdown.
Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico
Livier Poblete Gutiérrez anoints Edna Carime Abad Delgado, left, with smoke before she enters a temazcal, or sweat lodge, in Chilpancingo, a city in Mexico’s Guerrero state. In this neighborhood, Emperador Cuauhtémoc, healing temazcales are held frequently. Carime Abad Delgado says the ancestral ritual can improve the immune system.
Priscah Ndlovu, a nail artist, shapes Perfect Zinyemba’s new artificial nails in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. For several weeks, salons in Zimbabwe were closed due to the coronavirus, but regulations have been relaxed across the country, allowing salons to reopen.
Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Arnulfo Mastranzo paints arrows in the parking lot of Bodega Aurrerá, a shopping center in Puebla, Mexico.
The artists known as Line Marker, left, and Notek adhere an image to a wall in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico. Line Marker chose Benito Juárez for the image to provoke humor and represent strength in these difficult times. “In Mexican history, Juárez symbolizes the determined struggle against invasion,” Line Marker says. “It’s the same now: the invasion of a virus that evolved and is generating fear in its wake.”
Mexico City, Mexico
Joel Espinoza Román, 17, left, and Aída Lucero Hernández, 32, clean and paint the metal used to assemble a market stand in Mexico City, Mexico. The pair construct, maintain and disassemble stands throughout the city for people who operate the temporary markets during the day but need them taken down overnight.
Chantal Monter cuts Eduardo Chávez’s hair at her salon, Zynadeyu Barbería, in Tecámac, State of Mexico. Since the federal government has allowed some nonessential businesses to open, she decided to open back up and follow the suggested hygiene measures: She wears a face mask, uses antibacterial gel, allows no more than two people in at a time and only accepts clients by appointment.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Micaela Elizabeth Gordillo Vázquez fills bottles with hand sanitizer at Tequio, a hand sanitizer factory in San Cristóbal de las Casas, in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Most of the hand sanitizer produced at the factory is sold at a reduced cost in the city or donated to indigenous communities who lack running water for handwashing.
Moïse Muhindo Kisuba sands a guitar in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Muhindo Kisuba makes musical instruments and sells them to local residents.