Visitors enjoy Gisenyi beach in Rwanda’s Rubavu district, on the shores of Lake Kivu, a large freshwater lake on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Rwanda, the beaches are open to everyone year-round, so many people cross the border from DRC, where there are fewer open beaches.
Félix Solares (right) tends to the gladioli that he grows in a plot in front of his home in Aldea Chaquijyá, a hamlet in southwestern Guatemala. He and his son, Byron, will later cut and sell them by the dozen in local markets.
Every day for about five hours, Marta Cobo, 11, takes her family’s goats out to the pastures in Quiché, a department in northwestern Guatemala, where she and her father then collect firewood. Many families in this region rely on herding livestock for their food and economic resources.
Lal Perera, 60, a toddy tapper, walks between coconut trees, from which he extracts the sap of the coconut flowers for a beverage called toddy. He works in Wadduwa, a town in Sri Lanka’s Kalutara district. Perera, who has been toddy tapping for 30 years, says he taps around 80 trees every day, except during heavy rains. Learn more about toddy tapping here.
Bijoux Zawadi, 29, serves as a park warden defending the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park from armed poachers. This park, like other protected areas in the nation, is managed by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature. “When I hold my AK-47 in my hands, I become more confident and feel great,” she says. “I value my AK-47 like a farmer treasures his ax, and I cannot detach myself from it.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At a community meeting, women from Santa María Nebaj, Guatemala, draw out plans for their family gardens. The group meets every two weeks to share gardening ideas and experiences that help each family grow its own healthy food to eat or to sell.
Arafat Nájera Bermudez, 7, plays on a Mayan-style altar during the Festival del Agua, a water festival, in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas state, Mexico. This year, a group of culture and climate change researchers and academics created the festival, held on May 3, to coincide with the rainy season and harvest season, and to educate people on how they can mitigate the effects on crops of a changing climate, pollution and water shortages.
Andrés Ángeles Larios, 61, feeds a squirrel at Masayoshi Ohira, a park in southern Mexico City. Ángeles Larios says he comes to feed peanuts and bread to the animals while he waits for his wife, who works near the park.
Brian Kalunga and his son Kafula (left) prepare their fishing poles as they relax at Kalimba Reptile Park in Lusaka, Zambia. Aside from fishing at the park, visitors can view giant Nile crocodiles, snakes, tortoises and other reptiles on display for educational purposes.
In Kitchanga, a town 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) from the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Odette Nyirakamanzi, 29, sifts through beans to remove any leaves and seeds. She uses a traditional sieve known in Swahili as a “lungo.” Nyirakamanzi sells the beans at the market on Fridays.
Meddie Gabula carries Joel Wamboka to a boat on Lake Victoria in Jinja, Uganda. A three- to four-hour boat ride is one of the only forms of transportation for goods and passengers from Jinja to Buvuma Island, the largest in a chain of islands that make up Lake Victoria’s Buvuma District, home to almost 90,000 people. Gabula carries passengers and goods from the shore to the boats and charges 1,000 Ugandan shillings (about 28 cents) for an adult, 500 shillings (about 14 cents) for a child and between 1,000 and 3,000 shillings (28 cents to 83 cents) for heavy produce.
Workers rebuild Durbar Square in the ancient Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The reconstruction effort began in February, nearly two years after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. Representatives from the Bhaktapur Municipality’s heritage department blame political instability for the delay.
Justin Gakuru, who lives in Nkama village, crosses the Sebeya River on water pipes that connect with Rugerero, another village in Rwanda’s western Rubavu district. The pipes provide the closest link between the two communities.
A public dump site in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, sits near lodges and shopping complexes in a commercial area. Health officials say such sites are a factor in current outbreaks of typhoid and cholera. Health Minister David Parirenyatwa noted in a January press release that insufficient waste collection services in the city, paired with inadequate water supply and poor response time to blocked sewers, were causing the outbreaks.