For close to seven years now reporters attached to this newspaper have gone to various communities in all ten regions of Guyana, seeking to shed light on their customs, way of life and issues. Recognising that for a very long time, many of the far-to-reach places were out of sight and in several instances out of mind as well.

Bengal

Story and photos by Bebi Oosman Bengal Village located on the Corentyne in Berbice used to be home to hundreds of Guyanese, however, migration to foreign lands has seen the numbers greatly diminished.

Jonestown

Voorzigtigheid was what it was once called, today it’s known as Jonestown, a sprawling village situated at Mahaica some 37.5 kilometres from the city tucked between Hand-en-Veldt and the vegetation leading to the Atlantic Ocean.

Richmond, Essequibo Coast

Story and photos Richmond Village on the Essequibo Coast is 40 minutes away from Anna Regina and approximately 37 kilometres from the Supenaam jetty.

Buck Hill

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Buck Hill, in Wismar, Linden, is a haven for its more than 100 residents—including a large percentage of children.

Rising Sun

Photo by Joanna dhanraj Rising Sun is a tiny, sleepy West Coast Berbice village, approximately 76 kilometres from Georgetown; there are less than a dozen families residing there.

Vilvoorden

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast is a small community of just more than 100 people, approximately nine kilometres from the Supenaam Jetty and between Middlesex and Fairfield.

Block 22

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Block 22 is situated in Wismar, Linden and although the village has approximately 1,500 residents, not many Guyanese have heard of it.

Adelphi

Photos by Bebi Oosman

Adelphi is one of the more populated and diverse villages in the Canje area.

Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill, is a beautiful village situated on one of the hills in Wismar, Linden and is a haven to the more than 1,500 people living there.

Helena Number 2

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Helena Number 2 is a village situated in Mahaica and close to the Mahaica River Bridge which separates it from another village called Wilhelmina.

Broomhall

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Approximately 48 kilometres from Georgetown and bordered by Fairfield and Carlton Hall with its expanse stretching to the Atlantic on one side and the rice fields on the other is the community of Broomhall.

Hauraruni revisited

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Hauraruni is a Christian cooperative approximately 34 miles from Georgetown or 15 miles from the Soesdyke junction on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway.

Hampshire

  Photos by Joanna Dhanraj  Hampshire on the Corentyne, Berbice is situated 12.7 miles from the Government Buildings in New Amsterdam and is home to hundreds of residents; it is flanked on either side by Belvedere and Williamsburg.

Cottage, Mahaicony

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

A friendly little village in Mahaicony situated approximately 51 kilometres from Georgetown, Cottage is a haven to its more than 250 residents, whose foreparents reportedly took up residence there in the mid-1800s.

Pomona

Just 11.5 kilometres from Supenaam is the serene and peaceful little village of Pomona.

Goedverwagting

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Goedverwagting, East Cost Demerara is enclosed by Sparendaam, Ogle, farmland and the Atlantic Ocean in the north.

Amsterdam, Leguan

Amsterdam is a community situated on the eastern side of Leguan enclosed by villages Canefield and Endeavour, rice fields and the seawall that keeps the Essequibo at bay.

Taymouth Manor

  Story and photos  by Joanna Dhanraj Taymouth Manor sits between the villages of Alliance and Affiance and is home to a population of 200.

Schoonord

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Schoonord on the West Bank Demerara is bordered by the overpopulated Goed Fortuin and uninhabited Meer Zorgen.

Crane

The village of Crane is believed to have been in existence since the late 1800s or early 1900s and is home to more than 3,000 people.

Lower Kara Kara

Lower Kara Kara sits on the outskirts of Linden among lush grass, trees and the rippling black waters of the Kara Kara Creek.

Lust en Rust

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Lust en Rust is a new village; its residents were given lots in 2014.

Recht door Zee

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

In Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara approximately six miles from the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station is a busy little village called Recht door Zee.

Dryshore

Dryshore is a quiet little village in Essequibo, approximately four miles from the Supenaam jetty skirted by the villages of Warousi and Hibernia.