Children from Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic church performed a Nativity play in Bulawayo Centenary Park in Zimbabwe. The event, organized by the Bulawayo City Council, also featured fireworks and the switching on of Christmas lights simultaneously throughout the city.
Underprivileged children gather to see Santa Claus and receive gifts during an event dubbed “Santa Comes to Makokoba,” at the Thabiso Youth Centre in Makokoba, the oldest high-density suburb in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. To spread the Christmas spirit, local sponsors donated gifts for 40 of the suburb’s children, most of whom have never seen Santa.
During 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to combat violence against women and girls, Memory Pamella Kadau (center, wearing a hat) and others sign a banner as a pledge to seek equality and peace and fight gender-based violence against women and girls. The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe organized this event and a march in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Dec. 9 as part of the campaign.
Students from the Manyambe Primary School in Manicaland province dance during the annual Jikinya Festival, a choral and traditional dance competition held at the Amphitheatre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Nov. 23-24. The festival, open to all primary schools in the country, encourages youths to appreciate and perform Zimbabwe’s traditional dances and to help preserve this part of their cultural heritage.
Marshal Mukwakwa, 24, makes hoes from shovels and scrap metal at his home workshop in Mabvuku, a suburb in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mukwakwa says he sells at least one hoe per day to urban farmers during the rainy season.
Takudzwa Marara, 27, waves a Zimbabwean flag in a protest in which people urged embattled, long-time President Robert Mugabe to resign. Mugabe was placed under house arrest by Zimbabwe’s military after the Nov. 14 takeover and was fired by his own ZANU-PF political party on Nov. 19, but hasn’t resigned. Marara says he will demonstrate in Africa Unity Square in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, until Mugabe leaves office, either by choice or impeachment.
Members of the Apostolical Holy Church sing and praise God on top of Domboramwari, a large boulder whose name means “the stone of God” in the Shona language, in Epworth, a settlement about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Harare, Zimbabwe. People come to rest and pray here, and it is believed that the boulder has footprints of God from when the stone was still lava.
In Hopley Farm, Harare Province, Zimbabwe, Maxwell Dzawanda, 37, builds a wardrobe out of wood planks. He’ll sell it for $180. Since 2006, Dzawanda has earned a living by making wood wardrobes, stools and kitchen units.
Amina Daudi, 25, (left) teaches other Muslim women to read about the life of the Prophet Muhammad in the Quran during their weekly religious meeting in Epworth, a settlement about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Harare, Zimbabwe. It is a tradition in their mosque for women to meet every Monday and teach one another about Islam.
Conwell Moyo builds a wall in Barham Green, a suburb within Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Moyo says many of the decades-old houses in this area are undergoing renovations, and he hopes to get as many contracts as possible.
In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Linnet Cheure (center), 19, rehearses the role of Desdemona in the Nketa High School drama club’s production of “The Gospel of Othello,” a version of Shakespeare’s “Othello” directed by Japhet “Hwabaraty” Mlauzi (right), a local artist, choreographer and movie producer. Mlauzi coaches students from various schools in theater, dance and acting.
Busisiwe Sibanda prunes trees in her employer’s yard in Eloana, an area in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Sibanda cleans, cooks, washes, irons and maintains her employer’s garden to provide for herself and four children who live in rural areas outside the city.
Phindile Tshuma, from Famona, a suburb in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, registered to vote in early October for the 2018 elections, using the new biometric system that captures fingerprints. According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, 11,000 citizens so far have biometrically registered.
Students ages 12 and 13, including Precious Verah (left), Patient Munemo (second from left) and Tanaka Chabuka (right), attend a grade 7 science class at the Shining Star Association’s educational facility in Caledonia, a settlement in Harare, Zimbabwe. The association offers free education to children who cannot afford school fees, from grade 1 to form 4 (equivalent to 11th grade).
Participants in the Bulawayo Street Carnival, celebrating World Tourism Day in Zimbabwe, marched in a parade in central Bulawayo on Sept. 27. The carnival opened the four-day annual Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo, a celebration of local artistic talent that will continue until Sept. 30.
Runners toss powdered paint made of flour and food coloring during the Rotaract Color Run for Charity, hosted by the Rotaract Club of Bulawayo, on Sept. 23 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The event raised money for the Ebenezer Trust, which runs a soup kitchen in Thorngrove, a high-density suburb in Bulawayo.
Fredrick King, 25, dances the bachata, a style originally from the Dominican Republic, with Roxane Smyth, 17, in Belgravia, an area of Harare, Zimbabwe. King teaches salsa, ballroom and bachata dance. He says these dances are not common among men in Zimbabwe.
Obrian Shumba, of Gwanda High School, drinks water between rounds during tryout matches for the Matabeleland South provincial boxing team in Zimbabwe. The team will represent the province at the annual National Youth Games in Hwange, a city in Matabeleland North.
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.
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.
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.
Vanessa Chikombe, 11, uses her blackboard to teach (from right) Rhoda Chimutima, 9, Tanyaradzwa Chuzo, 11, and Vanessa’s sister Cleopatra Chikombe, 6, lessons in English, grammar, spelling and mathematics in Caledonia, a settlement in Harare, Zimbabwe. Twice a week after school, Vanessa gathers her sister and friends to give them what she calls “extra lessons,” using what she has learned in her own classes as a guide.
In Zimunya township of Mutare District, Zimbabwe, Collin Sithole uses sandpaper to put the finishing touches on a drinking glass that he has made from a wine bottle. Sithole makes the glasses in his backyard from recycled bottles, using a piece of rope, water and sandpaper.