Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico
Viviana Alavés pours beeswax on a candle at her family’s shop in Teotitlán del Valle, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. For residents of Teotitlán del Valle, marriage requires one of two things: asking for the bride’s hand before she leaves home or offering an apology for having taken her before asking. In either case, each aunt, uncle and parent of the groom must bring candles to the bride’s parents’ home. There, the bride’s parents will light each candle as a symbol of the good wishes and blessings the family bestows on the marriage, which will take place when the candles run out, approximately one year later.
Bayandalai, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Bilguun Ariunbolor, 12, moves lambs to be castrated during a traditional ritual in Bayandalai, a district in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sharon “Chachi” González Colón one of the original founders of Colectivo Moriviví, a collective of women artists, paints a mural of a girl with soapy hands and bubbles, titled, “El Distanciamiento es Físico No Social” in Santurce, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The mural intends to be a message of prevention, support and solidarity in the face of the coronavirus.
Kondavil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Gunaseelan Santhini, left, and Tharumaraja Suhanthini plant onion seedlings in a garden in Kondavil, a suburb north of the Sri Lankan city of Jaffna. For over seven years, they have planted onions to improve their family income. They earn 700 Sri Lankan rupees ($3.77) daily.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Sodmandakh Sodovjamts, 16, front, and Enkhtamir Batbayar, 15, swim at a new pool in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. At the grand opening of this first swimming pool in Umnugovi province, athletes from Ulaanbaatar city demonstrated many styles of swimming.
Volonté Katembo, 15, washes a motorcycle in the vehicle washing area of Mbogho, a neighborhood in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Since schools have been closed due to the coronavirus, some young people have used their free time to wash vehicles. They can earn between 1,000 and 1,500 Congolese francs (52 and 78 cents) for washing a motorcycle, 4,000 francs ($2) for washing a minibus and 9,500 francs (almost $5) for washing a commercial truck.
Jerry Gabriel gives information about COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, to Milot Prévilien on his weekly walk through Avenue Maïs Gâté, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Every week, Gabriel distributes face masks and informational leaflets about COVID-19. After talking with Gabriel, Prévilien agreed that he should wear a mask.
Tanatswa Mudzamiri, 12, attends an online Shona lesson with his class in Harare, Zimbabwe. Tanatswa is in seventh grade and set to take exams at the end of the year. Schools in Zimbabwe have not yet opened due to the coronavirus, and some schools have started conducting lessons virtually.
Fabián López installs a door in the hallway of a home in Tecámac, State of Mexico. He has offered his services to his neighbors since the coronavirus forced the blacksmith shop where he worked to close. In spite of the health emergency, he’s been able to find enough work to maintain an income.
Jacques Katabei fixes the crossbeam of a hand-washing station with Aniceth Karasisi, left, and Samuel Malyabwana, right, at the Kavoza car park in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. As part of the fight against the coronavirus, international nongovernmental organization Medair funded the construction of hand-washing stations in various public places in Kirumba. Passengers and passersby can wash their hands at these stations to prevent infection.
Chaponda Banda harvests pumpkins from his field in Chinyunyu, a rural area near Lusaka, Zambia.Banda says he intended to sell his produce in Lusaka, but he’s scared of catching the coronavirus.The Ministry of Health is discouraging travel to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Manuel Gómez works every night selling tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, quesadillas and other items from his mobile cart on Avenida Chapultepec, a major road in Guadalajara, Mexico. He says sales have been down between 70% and 80% over the last two months, leaving him more worried about the economic situation than about the coronavirus.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pigeons wait for tourists to feed them at Parque de las Palomas, a park and tourist attraction in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ever since the coronavirus arrived in Puerto Rico and the government declared a curfew on March 15, tourism and business have suffered. Now, with a new executive order, most businesses are beginning to open with required precautions, though some remain closed for safety reasons.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Saikhansanaa Batbayar draws on old clothes with Dashnyam Erdenebadrakh, top left, and Bulgantsetseg Batsukh, bottom left, in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Students organized an event called “Let’s make our clothes art!” to have a fun and productive day with friends. They took measures to prevent infection by reminding children at the event to wear face masks and distributing spare masks.
Bernard Nyatsuro fetches water from a borehole in Southlea Park, a neighborhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. He says he travels to the borehole daily because the area he lives in does not have a regular water supply. Nyatsuro says he’s scared of catching the coronavirus but has no option since he requires water.
Emmanuel Zulu worships in the parking lot at Mount Zion Christian Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The church arranged a drive-in service to avoid overcrowding and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Charmaine Mazambara, left, 7, and Nicole Urayai, 5, play a game with sand and water outside their home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is under an indefinite lockdown due to the coronavirus. With schools closed, children spend most of their time playing with friends.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Héctor Perdomo Encarnación sells masks on Avenida Juan Ponce de León, a main thoroughfare in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Before the coronavirus hit Puerto Rico and the government declared a curfew on March 15, Perdomo Encarnación worked in the construction industry. His work was halted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Now he sells masks, which his friend makes, Monday through Friday in the San Juan communities of Santurce and Condado.
Mexico City, Mexico
Juan José Gutiérrez Pinal, 47, makes kites at home to sell to neighbors in Mexico City, Mexico. He sells them every February and March, but since his construction job was suspended due to the coronavirus, he decided to sell the kites this June too.
Humphrey Mumba trains at Lusaka Golf Club in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. On April 24, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu said in his address to the nation that golf and tennis could be played despite the coronavirus since they are not contact sports.
Nansana Kabumbi, Wakiso District, Uganda
Joel Kamanzi, right, and Mukasa Arnold cut sugar cane to snack on in Nansana Kabumbi, a town in Uganda’s Wakiso district. The duo used to work for shops around town, but with nonessential businesses closed due to the spread of the coronavirus, they are now unemployed. Sugar cane is a cheap lunch and has enough sugars to keep them energized for the rest of the day.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Employees of Jurisdicción Sanitaria, the government institution in charge of public health centers in the borough, disinfect public areas in downtown San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Mexico’s Chiapas state.
Orkhon Province, Mongolia
Gantushig Uranchimeg, an 11-year-old monk-in-training, participates in a ceremony to worship ritual vases at Khutagt Lama Gandanshadivlan Monastery in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. The ceremony, known as bumba, is meant to bring blessings and wealth to worshippers.
Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico
José Azcona stands in front of his shop in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Azcona is a monero, someone who makes giant puppets for celebrations. All events in Oaxaca have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, putting Azcona and his fellow moneros temporarily out of work. “My puppets have just been here,” Azcona says. “They haven’t been able to go out onto the streets.”