Nemekhnyam Buyantogtokh peels off the stencil of a book title at a literacy center in Erdenet, Orkhon province, Mongolia. The province’s Artist Association and Book Center built a free library, open to everyone, to encourage reading.
Muthu Velumani adjusts his field’s boundaries in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Due to the monsoon in the northern part of the country, he had to reconstruct his paddy before he could sow the field.
Krishna Shyam Prajapati makes clay lamps for the Tihar festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. During the five-day Hindu festival, people decorate their homes, shops and offices, and light the lamps to welcome Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Norma Contreras, left, cuts Fernando Flores’ hair during a campaign to donate hair to cancer patients in Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico. Flores says he grew his hair for more than two years because he believes donating it is better than just cutting it.
Josephine Nakafeero, a creative designer, paints a tire to make a chair in Kamwokya, Kampala District, Uganda. Nakafeero advocates for the environment by making eco-friendly, sustainable products and upcycling tires into decorations such as pouf seats and wall planters.
Gansukh Sharav marks measurements on a horn to craft a traditional composite bow, made from cow horns and cattle tendon, in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Gansukh says his goal is to train as many people as possible and pass archery, a national sport, on to the next generation.
Juana Méndez gives Patricia Maza a flu shot at a mobile vaccination unit in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. “I come every year to get the flu vaccine, and since the COVID-19 pandemic started, I’ve been thinking it’s essential for me to come and get the vaccine,” Maza says. “Imagine it now with the cold weather. I can’t get sick with the flu and COVID-19. That would be a very risky situation.”
Sarita Lama shades a thanka, a Tibetan painting, before adding 24-karat gold in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Five artists will work on this painting for about seven months using natural pigments, made from plants and stones, which last for centuries.
Alberta López Bautista, center, lights a candle to honor a late companion at a women’s meeting in Aguacatenango, Chiapas, Mexico. Indigenous women and members of the Center for Women’s Rights gathered to exchange ideas and experiences.
Sinnathamby Sinnapillai, left, and Paramanandar Vallikodi weave coconut leaves to fence their house in Kodikamam, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. In rural areas, where cement walls are hard to find, residents will often replace their coconut leaf fences twice a year.
Arturo, a blue macaw, lives at the wild animal refuge Güirá Oga (“house of birds” in the Guaraní language) in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina. Arturo was rescued from smugglers and became a permanent resident at the shelter, which rehabilitates animals and breeds endangered species with the aim of reintroducing them into the wild.
Berril Mwango, an artist, displays a zebra artwork along Thabo Mbeki Road in Lusaka, Zambia. “We had literally closed down on business during the peak of the coronavirus, but I used that time to think of new artistic work, and it is paying off,” Mwango says. “Now, we have business, and our artwork is selling like never before.”
Kelvin Mercado carves figures and characters into white plaster at Plaza Cruz de Colón in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Every Saturday, artists exhibit their products in the plaza as part of the town’s effort to attract tourism and boost its economy.
A hundred people walk along with cyclists to read a statement at the municipal palace in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The protest was organized after the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) warned that Chiapas was on the verge of civil war due to government inaction.
Sandeep Bhandari visits houses to conduct COVID-19 tests in Chapal Kharkana, Kathmandu, Nepal. He says during the second coronavirus wave he conducted at least 50 tests a day, four to five times more than usual.
Norberto Gradilone, 72, plays tango on the bandoneon at the Centro Cultural de los Artistas (Artist Cultural Center) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Sometimes the songs get me lost in my childhood. They transport me,” Gradilone says. “And that is what I want to communicate to the people.”