Fourteen years ago, when Naline Singh got married she left the busy village of Goed Fortuin to live in the quiet countryside village where her husband grew up.
Last week in the World Beyond Georgetown, I began to explore Goshen, mostly through the eyes of ‘Auntie’ Carmen Williams.
Goshen, a satellite community of River’s View Village, is situated in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), though it is across the Essequibo River from Bartica, which is in Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).
Rebecca’s Rust is situated between Harmony Hall and Carlton Hall at Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, approximately 47 kilometres from Georgetown.
As we headed along the De Hoop Branch Road, Mahaicony, the driver of the vehicle was pointing out the villages we passed.
Home to some 500 people, Groenveldt, on the West Coast Demerara, is sandwiched between Leonora and Edinburgh and is believed to have existed since the late 19th century.
Sand Reef is located on the Corentyne just aback of Albion Village. The village, which has one tiny access road and three cross streets, sits adjacent to Guava Bush.
Eccles Housing Scheme was designed for middle and high-income families from urban and rural neighbourhoods around Guyana.
Mes Delices, situated 12 kilometres from Vreed-en-Hoop along the Canal Number One Polder Road, is bordered by Geneve and Jacoba Constantia.
The Coldingen residents who live along the East Coast Demerara public road are said to have lived there much longer than those at Sea Dam or in the housing scheme.
Le Desir is home to a handful of families, most of whom are related and belong to the Islamic faith.
Dagg Point is a community in the Cuyuni/Mazaruni region, a few miles outside of Bartica with 360 residents scattered about its hilly, forested terrain.
Little Biaboo is a picturesque village in Mahaica on the boundaries of Regions 4 and 5, separated by the Mahaica Creek.
Guava Bush Village is on the Corentyne. It is located aback of Albion, between Sand Reef and Toopoo, and has one main road with about five cross streets.
Coldingen is on the East Coast Demerara right between Strathspey and Nonpareil. The village is believed to have more than 1,000 residents and most of them have access to all of the necessary amenities, those who are excluded mainly live on Sea Dam.
Geneve is a small community in Canal Number One between Bordeaux and Mes Delices and obliquely opposite De Kinderen and Uitkomst, because of its small population – less than 100 residents – it is considered a hamlet, rather than a village.
La Bagatelle is the largest and busiest of all villages on Leguan Island.
Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Thirty-eight kilometres from the city, sitting between Good Hope and Jonestown in Mahaica is the community of Hand-en-Veldt, home to almost 300 residents.
Now that Bartica is a town, Agatash, a small scenic community 3 miles away, could perhaps be deemed a suburb.
Located on the Corentyne highway just before Adventure Village is the very small, very quiet, very bushy Hogstye Village.
L’Oratoire is a beautiful village in Canal Number One, on the Polder’s road.
Good Hope is a community in Mahaica flanked by Hand-en-Veldt and Helena Number Two; it has approximately 500 residents.
Adventure Village on the Corentyne highway consists of just close to 30 houses with a population of mostly farmers.
L’Esperance is a farming community situated between Noitgadacht and Sans Souci along the Number One Canal Polder road.
The village of Kartabo is situated in the lower Mazaruni, six miles from Bartica.
La Heureuse Aventure is really small. The village has the least number of residents in Canal Number One with no more than ten houses in total, of which a couple are vacant.
New Scheme, Patentia is not so new anymore; it has been in existence for more than 50 years and is home to hundreds.
Sitting snugly between Annandale and Hoff van Aurich on the Essequibo Coast, is the beautiful village of Zorg en Vlygt with the Atlantic to the east and rice fields just opposite.
Aberdeen is a small community on the Essequibo Coast bordered by Columbia and Three Friends villages, the Atlantic Ocean and rice fields.
Good Intent is a small village bordered by Spring Garden and Aurora Estate on the Essequibo Coast.
Two Field is a small community of some 50 households situated at the far end of Patentia on the West Bank Demerara.
Supply is one of the villages in Mahaica on the East Coast Demerara and is home to more than 500 people.
Adorned with old tractors, trailers, and other machinery, the very small Number 7 Village, Corentyne is located close to the popular Seawell Turn in Region Six.
Two Brothers Village sits between Mon Bijou and Vrede-en-Vriendschap along the dam running parallel to the Canal Number One Public Road.
Eccles is a thriving community just beyond old Georgetown. It has been around for more than 70 years, with its business growth beginning some 30 years ago.
Andy Ville is one of the last villages in Wismar, Linden along the road that leads to Lethem.
Vauxhall is a tiny village in Canal Number One that is home to no more than 100 residents.
Capoey is an Amerindian settlement in the Pomeroon/Supenaam region named for the lake on which it sits.
Chelsea Park is a tiny village in Mahaica, so pictures-que that it has a park-like atmosphere and its villagers are health conscious, mannerly and friendly people.
Tenez Ferme is a sprawling community along the Canal Number One Polder Dam that serves as a haven for the more than 100 people residing there.
Number One also called Number One Road which is located on the Corentyne highway is situated just between Borlam and Courtland villages.
Bagotstown is a thriving village, though a few of its residents consider it to be one of the smallest on the East Bank Demerara.
The Conservancy Dam is the last of all the communities in Canal Number One Polder and is situated approximately seven miles from the Bagotville junction on the West Bank Demerara.
Mount Sinai is a beautiful little village surrounded by Vryheid, Savannah Park, Angoy’s Avenue and Bermine Scheme in New Amsterdam.
Among the hills on Wismar shore, Linden, lies the village of Victory Valley, home to a population of approximately 2,000 people.
Dun Robin is a tiny village on the Corentyne highway. So small that it consists of approximately eight houses with about five families; it might just be the smallest village in the county of Berbice, or maybe in the entire country.
More than a century ago, an Arawak family of six—two parents with their three daughters and one son—left their home in a little place called Dawa in the Essequibo in search of an area that had enough trees to provide lumber for building.
Studley Park is a quiet little village on the Canal Number One Public Road, 15.5 miles from Vreed-en-Hoop.
Sandville is a new village; it was formally established 2 years ago, but some of its residents had settled there between 4 to 10 years ago.
Uniform is the name of a village situated at the far end of Leguan Island. While there are other villages beyond it, Uniform is the last that is inhabited by people. Though the village is relatively big, not many people live there; it has been adversely affected by migration.