Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
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.
Nomatter James (left), 16, and Estery Emmanuel (second from left), 15, braid a client’s hair in the Caledonia settlement in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. James, who does not attend school, was taken in and taught to braid hair by Estery’s mother, after her own mother left for South Africa in November 2016 and did not return.
Junior Aimé, 38, a resident of Port–au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, disassembles a broken refrigerator to make charcoal stoves. For 24 years, Aimé has recycled refrigerators into charcoal stoves, which are common cooking devices in Haiti.
Marta Matom Brito, 40, teaches her son Jacinto Alexander Brito Brito, 8, how to plant trees in their village of Salquil Grande, in Guatemala’s Quiché department. The family planted pine, cypress and alder trees to help mitigate the effects of climate change.
On July 4, firefighters survey the damage at the Lusaka City Market, after a blaze destroyed 1,901 of the 4,000 stalls. The venue is the largest trading market in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital.
Tenoch López, 44, sells jade and obsidian sculptures made by local artisans to tourists at the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in the ancient city of Teotihuacán, a UNESCO World Heritage site about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. “Foreigners see my work as art; locals often think they are just knickknacks, and I have troubles selling them,” Lopez says. “Then I lower the price, and the Americans and Europeans tell me that I’m crazy.”
In Mount Pleasant, a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe, Nyasha Manyeruke, 20, shows artwork that her company, Reysh Alef, collects and sells as a part of its Art of Humanity Project, which helps artists to network and to sell their works. The project also uses materials made from recycled waste to make science kits that are donated to schools in impoverished areas.
Near the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon in Teotihuacán, Mexico, Juan de Dios Vargas, 57, sells obsidian and jade sculptures made by local artisans. The archaeological site and ancient city of Teotihuacán, about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, has UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Caravana Ayotzinapa, a group seeking to raise awareness concerning the case of 43 students who disappeared in Iguala, Mexico, in September 2014, concluded a tour in San Cristóbal de las Casas on July 1. The group, comprising the students’ family members and their supporters, toured the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas, urging further investigation into the unsolved case.
Mexico City, Mexico
Train riders using the Mexico City Metro take advantage of the cool mist sprayed by one of the 10 fans at the Hidalgo station, the hottest location in the underground system. In spring and summer, 99 sprayers and misting fans are switched on in Mexico City’s metro stations to reduce the temperature.
Rubavu District, Rwanda
Marie Nyirarukundo sells eggplants, which she bought from local farmers, at the Mbugangari market in Rwanda’s Rubavu District, on the border of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Miguel Ramírez, 32, cares for about 4,500 cypress and pine trees four times a week in the western department of Quiché, Guatemala. The trees will later be planted to combat climate change’s effects on this agriculture-dependent region.
In Harare, Zimbabwe, Chriss Grey (left), the host of a weekly music TV show called “Live Sessions,” interviews singer Takura about his successes and failures in the music industry. Programs like “Live Sessions” help the local television and entertainment industries in Zimbabwe to reach younger audiences.
Nyundo, Rubavu, Rwanda
Jeanne d’Arc Uwimana (right) sews toys with Mariana Nyiragasigwa in Nyundo, a community in Rwanda’s western Rubavu district. The two women are members of KOMERA, a cooperative that helps to start businesses like this one, which brings together tailors to make clothes, bags, hats, carpets and toys.
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Mariano Julio Santiago Flores, 85, shows a shoe he made in his workshop in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Santiago Flores says he became a shoemaker at age 15, after training as an apprentice.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
A lagoon fisherman sorts his prawn catch by size before placing his haul for auction at the Gurunagar fish market in Jaffna, a city at the northern edge of Sri Lanka. Fishermen can auction large quantities of their seafood at this market, and they group the bigger specimens to sell at a higher price.
San Pedro Garza García, Mexico
María Isabel González, 54, is a pepenadora who collects and sells garbage to recycling companies. She is searching for cardboard in San Pedro Garza García, a city in Mexico’s northern state of Nuevo León. A pepenador can make 2 Mexican pesos (11 cents) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cardboard.
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
People celebrate LGBT Pride Month with the Marcha por la Dignidad, or March for Dignity, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, on June 24. The march’s purpose was to foster recognition of and respect for all ways that love can be expressed in the city.
Canisius Habanabakize, a cabbage farmer from the town of Cyanzarwe, transports his crops by bicycle to the Mbugangari Market in Gisenyi, a port in western Rwanda. Farmers use bicycles to move their products to avoid paying for transportation or gasoline.
San Juan Cotzal, Guatemala
Ana Pérez Gómez experiments with cost-effective handwashing techniques during a lesson on water-conserving handwashing methods in San Juan Cotzal, a municipality in Guatemala’s western highlands. The lesson was a part of PAISANO, a six-year food security project in Guatemala, implemented by the nonprofits Save the Children and Project Concern International.
Voters in Nepal’s Mandandeupur municipality attend a celebration organized by the Nepali Congress party after its panel won the local election. In May, local elections were held for the first time in 20 years, and this was the first election for Nepal under its new constitution.
A group performs a cultural dance from the Kigezi region at a public event called “Partnering for Development” in Kampala, Uganda, organized by the World Bank Group and the national government. At the May 30 gathering, 52 Ugandan government agencies showcased their work and services.
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Antonio Hernández López, a traditional herbalist, performs an indigenous Mayan ritual with María Gómez Díaz, who prays in the Tsotsil language for a successful Festival de la Paz y la Diversidad Cultural. The May event in San Cristóbal de las Casas in southern Mexico was a celebration of peace and cultural diversity. Hernández López poured pox, a traditional corn-based liquor, on dried corn, flowers and candles as an offering to the land and the Roman Catholic virgins and saints.
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.