It’s been widely reported that the elderly are most at risk of complications from Covid-19 , making those in care homes and assisted-living facilities particularly vulnerable. Also at risk are the staff at these facilities, such as Louis Mary Sesu Ratnam, an Indian Catholic nun in her 60s who spends her time helping others at the Caritas Santa Maria Home for women in Macau’s St Lazarus neighbourhood. Portuguese-born, Macau-based photojournalist Gonçalo Lobo Pinheiro has focused his camera on Ratnam for his entry in the annual The Other Hundred project, a global photography initiative that aims to provide an understanding of everyday people and the lives they lead. This year’s theme, “Healers”, celebrates the men, women and children who are helping their communities through selfless acts of kindness and compassion during the coronavirus outbreak. “Older people are a risk group in this pandemic and I thought the story would be interesting,” says Pinheiro by email from Macau. “Louis Mary Sesu Ratnam is the most visible face of a series of caregivers who care for women,” says Pinheiro, adding that more than 50 women live at the facility, many dependent on carers. “I believe the oldest woman is 107 years old.” Founder of The Other Hundred, Chandran Nair, says lockdown has made capturing moments of healing more challenging – and more important – than ever. “Early in the global reaction to Covid-19, frontline health care workers were rightly lauded for facing this common enemy – and in the process, sometimes paying the ultimate price for their acts of service,” says Hong Kong-based Nair. “But as nations faced lockdown and entire communities withdrew to their homes, it became clear that there were other acts of service, courage and healing being performed on a daily basis by innumerable people: the unsung heroes who contribute to healing the very societies of which they are a part, during a time of deep social trauma. “And this is where the beauty lies – these moments of healing happen not only through direct medical care, but through the compassion expressed by delivery workers, truck drivers, cleaners, waste collectors, food sellers, volunteers, teachers, supermarket staff, government workers, community heads, village chiefs, therapists and practitioners of alternative methods of wellness.” Other submissions include works from Bangladeshi photographer Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, who turned his lens on transgender couple Toma and Tuktuki as they raise awareness of Covid-19 among Dhaka’s transgender community, and Delhi-based photographer Javed Sultan’s series on Doctors on Call, a group of young Indian doctors who provide services to those unable to access medical advice due to the lockdown. A photo series by Annice Lyn follows Heidy Quah, founder of Refuge for the Refugees, a non-profit organisation that distributes food aid packs among refugee families, migrant workers and low-income citizens in Malaysia. “Through perseverance of our team and the photographers who are our eyes and ears on the ground, we are determined to build a portfolio that represents this moment in human history in a positive light – to remember not just the deaths, but the lives of people pulling together despite the ugliness of the state of the world, during an event that no one has experienced before,” says Nair. Submissions for The Other Hundred close on August 14. The 100 chosen from this year’s initiative will be released in digital format.