Patience Muchena, 10, hangs a card with her feelings and aspirations on a clothesline in Chitungwiza, a city about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Harare, Zimbabwe. The organization Magamba Network, which focuses on youth activism and culture, created the concept to promote peace after the violence that followed July elections.
Learnmore Sibanda, 18, sits on the sidewalks of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, sketching and selling portraits for $1 each. “Drawing and sharpening my skills is better than smoking drugs like some of my peers,” he says. “My dream is to go back to school and eventually become an artist.”
Sandra Mazviwanza collects water from a pipe that burst in Glenview 2, a neighborhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. Although three people from her neighborhood have died in Zimbabwe’s current outbreak of cholera, a water-borne disease, Mazviwanza says this is the only way she has had to gather water since the rupture of this pipe, which is connected to her house.
The ZCC Police Band kicked off the first Zimbabwe Peace Festival, in Harare on July 27. The event was created to pray for political tolerance and peace in the run-up to the July 30 general elections. Previous elections in Zimbabwe have been marred by widespread violence and accusations of corruption, so many Zimbabweans hope Monday's vote will be the first fair elections in more than a generation.
Kindergarten students play tug of war during Tshaka Pre-School’s annual sports day, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. They took part in various activities throughout the day, including a sack race and a relay race, with prizes of certificates and T-shirts given to the top three winners.
Bullet Kaitano cuts away excess paper as he binds a photocopied school textbook to sell on the street in Harare, Zimbabwe. Kaitano, who buys the original books from graduates, says that despite the illegality of copying textbooks to sell, his photocopied volumes are popular with schoolchildren who cannot afford to purchase new ones.
During a tour of National Waste Collections in Harare, Zimbabwe, employee Moleen Sithole teaches students about the different types of paper that the facility collects and recycles into various products. The students are members of an environmental club at Kwenda High School in Mashonaland, Zimbabwe.
Young men from the various villages around Nyamakate, a community in Lower Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe, play a game of Rural Youth League football. This was the final match of the youth league, which was created to give young people a positive outlet for their energy.
Dzidzai Masasa, of Mabvuku, a suburb east of Harare, Zimbabwe, waters her garden, which produces rapeseed, covo and other leafy vegetables to feed her family or to be sold in her community. The suburb has not had running water for more than five years due to old pipes, so Masasa uses water from her home’s well.
In Tafara, a suburb east of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Tadiwa Hunzvi, 4, (right) and other children enjoy finding and playing with old tires. The kids race one another to see who can roll the tires the fastest.
Divine Kaliofasi (left), 7, plays table football with bus drivers and conductors at the commuter park in the city center of Harare, Zimbabwe. Playing the game, locally known as “slug,” costs 25 cents in Zimbabwean bond coins. Many drivers and conductors play while they wait for passengers to board commuter buses.
Tafadzwa Kachingwe, accompanied by his daughters Tapiwa, 2, and Tinotenda, 4, waters his small flower garden. Kachingwe, a resident of Mabvuku, a suburb east of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, planted this garden at an old dump site after clearing the trash.
At the White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Nomqhele Sibanda, 9, gets her face painted during Zimbabwe’s 38th Independence Day celebration on April 18. Residents of the city’s suburbs came to participate in various activities and commemorate the first Independence Day following the November 2017 resignation of President Robert Mugabe.
Tisha Brown (rear) gives swimming lessons to children and adults at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Some schools offer swimming classes to children, and some parents take lessons from Brown so they can swim with their kids.
Volunteers Brandon Kudakwashe Masotsha (left) and Nicholas Jasmeon separate recyclable materials from waste collected in the Turnpike community in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital. The materials are sorted into different categories and then collected by recycling companies.
Bongani Dube (left) trains Whitney Zuzvai during a class at the Panthers Taekwondo club in the central business district of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The club is preparing for a children's championship tournament on March 24.
Tatenda Seremwe (second from left) and Tonderai Goreraza (second from right) play a game they call Three Make a Line, a game they frequently play with friends on weekends in Mabvuku, a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. Seremwe says it is a mind game like chess and entails thinking of moves in advance. Goreraza says it keeps his mind fresh.
During door-to-door visits in the Entumbane suburb of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Juliet Rusafeti (left) explains to Jane Mlambo how to fill out a proof-of-residence form needed for the biometric voter-registration process. The biometric system, launched in the nation in September, stores a person's fingerprints and facial image on a computer for positive identification on election day. Rusafeti belongs to National Youth Development Trust, an organization working with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to encourage Entumbane residents to register to vote. The government extended the deadline for registration from Dec. 20 to Feb. 8.
The Ngezi Police Band performs at a shopping center in Zimbabwe's Mhondoro-Ngezi district, after spending the day planting trees and opening a nursery. Friends of the Environment, a conservation organization, arranged this event to establish orchards at rural schools in order to boost local food security and help reforest Zimbabwe. The trees and fruits can also be sold to raise funds for the schools and community.
Agiri Gurupira (right), 12, leads donkeys bringing his siblings from a mill to their home in Mutoko, a town 145 kilometers (90 miles) east of Harare, Zimbabwe. They’re carrying home a bag of mealie-meal. Their parents sometimes send them to the mill to grind maize into mealie-meal, used to make sadza, a staple food in Zimbabwe.