Ombeni Hamuli, 16, works during a carpentry apprenticeship program in Kyeshero, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Hamuli lost three fingers serving in an armed rebel group in North Kivu, and he’s learning carpentry to begin his journey back to civilian life.
Mayanko Phiri, 11, left, and Linas Banda, 11, enjoy porridge at Chitemalesa Primary School in Chinyunyu, a rural area in east Lusaka, Zambia. The school’s attendance has improved after well-wishers donated meals for students.
Lawino Brenda, 12, helps her mother make papyrus mats in Kigo, a neighborhood in Uganda’s Makindye Ssabagabo municipality. She makes about 10 mats a day and sells them for 5,000 Ugandan shillings ($1.37) each.
Lucky Banda plucks eucalyptus leaves in Kabangwe, a residential area in northern Lusaka, Zambia. He will boil the leaves and breathe in the steam, a common home remedy. In the wake of the second wave of the coronavirus, most people believe steaming can prevent and cure the disease.
Anthony Mpolokoso lays a wreath to pay his last respects to Father Charles Chilinda at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Chilinda died of COVID-19 on Jan. 22. The national government is discouraging funeral gatherings, so St. Ignatius created a space within the church premises for mourners to pay their respects without gathering.
Tatsunga Katsiga teaches her children Rudaviro Katsiga, 11, left, and Rukudzo Katsiga, 6, at their home in Southlea Park, a neighborhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. The country went into a second total lockdown on Jan. 5 to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Schools are closed, and parents are home-schooling their children.
Melinda Hungwa steams her throat and nose, which she believes will prevent the coronavirus, at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. She puts vapor rub, ginger and garlic in hot water and covers her head with a blanket, breathing in the steam. Since Zimbabwe has recorded an increased number of coronavirus cases and deaths, people have attempted various ways to protect themselves, including steaming.
Daniel Enebeli, founder and CEO of biotech startup Protein Kapital, explains how he uses black soldier flies to convert food waste into high-value protein for livestock and fish foods in Kiwanga, a town in Uganda’s Mukono district.
Clement Madi Makonde adds some finishing touches to one of the wood carvings he made while at the Mutare Farm Prison in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Makonde, who was imprisoned in 2014, says he spends most of his time making his art, which includes door mats, handbags, hats and wooden cooking utensils.
Dorothy Chishiri cuts dried branches from the shrubs around her home in Rusike, a rural area east of Harare, Zimbabwe. Chishiri says firewood is scarce in this part of the village and at times she has had to walk more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) in search of firewood.
Mwindiki Victoire, left, and Héritier Mumbere plow a field to prepare to plant cassava in Kasando, a neighborhood in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Most Kirumba residents grow cassava, which is a food staple.
Robert Sango welds scrap metal to make a Scotch cart in Harare, Zimbabwe. Scotch carts are used to transport heavy loads. Sango, who has been in business for more than 10 years, says his major clients are farmers who buy after being paid for their produce, but because of a cash shortage in the country, business is in short supply.
Stacie Mashaya, 12, writes in her notebook in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital city. Schools were closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, but Stacie's school opened to offer lessons for the students who are currently writing their year-seven exams.
From left, friends Felix Mutaurwa, 14, Tatenda Mukandatsama, 15, Tapiwa Chitenderu, 15, and Tanaka Danza, 14, play a miniature game of pool. Danza made the pool table at his home in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and charges a fee for anyone who would like to play.
Leonard Chidodo trims 7-year-old Tino Chiwato’s hair under a lemon tree at his home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Chidodo says business has drastically dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, and he now operates from home to avoid paying rent for his barbershop in town.
Conrad Bwalya, in red, of the Lusaka Sharks Club tussles with David Phiri of the Alpha Hockey Club during a field hockey match at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. All sports activities have resumed in Zambia after a long recess due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Wellington Sydney Nyon’o paints a kindergarten in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. In Zimbabwe’s difficult economic environment, many people choose self-employment over the formal labor sector, due to fluctuation in the value of the Zimbabwean dollar. Self-employed workers get paid as they work, as opposed to receiving a salary monthly, which ensures that they’re paid the full value for their services, rather than a depreciated amount later.
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.