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.

Good Hope

Good Hope is a community in Mahaica flanked by Hand-en-Veldt and Helena Number Two; it has approximately 500 residents.

Adventure

Adventure Village on the Corentyne highway consists of just close to 30 houses with a population of mostly farmers.

L’Esperance

L’Esperance is a farming community situated between Noitgadacht and Sans Souci along the Number One Canal Polder road.

Kartabo

The village of Kartabo is situated in the lower Mazaruni, six miles from Bartica.

La Heureuse Aventure

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

New Scheme, Patentia is not so new anymore; it has been in existence for more than 50 years and is home to hundreds.

Zorg en Vlygt

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

Aberdeen is a small community on the Essequibo Coast bordered by Columbia and Three Friends villages, the Atlantic Ocean and rice fields.

Good Intent

Good Intent is a small village bordered by Spring Garden and Aurora Estate on the Essequibo Coast.

Two Field

Two Field is a small community of some 50 households situated at the far end of Patentia on the West Bank Demerara.

Supply

Supply is one of the villages in Mahaica on the East Coast Demerara and is home to more than 500 people.

Number 7 Village, Corentyne

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

Two Brothers Village sits between Mon Bijou and Vrede-en-Vriendschap along the dam running parallel to the Canal Number One Public Road.

Eccles, Old Scheme

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

Andy Ville is one of the last villages in Wismar, Linden along the road that leads to Lethem.

Vauxhall

Vauxhall is a tiny village in Canal Number One that is home to no more than 100 residents.

Capoey

Capoey is an Amerindian settlement in the Pomeroon/Supenaam region named for the lake on which it sits.

Chelsea Park

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

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

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 Village, Corentyne

Number One also called Number One Road which is located on the Corentyne highway is situated just between Borlam and Courtland villages.

Bagotstown

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Bagotstown is a thriving village, though a few of its residents consider it to be one of the smallest on the East Bank Demerara. 

Conservancy Dam 

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

Mount Sinai is a beautiful little village surrounded by Vryheid, Savannah Park, Angoy’s Avenue and Bermine Scheme in New Amsterdam.

Victory Valley

Among the hills on Wismar shore, Linden, lies the village of Victory Valley, home to a population of approximately 2,000 people.

Dun Robin

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.

Mashabo

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

Studley Park is a quiet little village on the Canal Number One Public Road, 15.5 miles from Vreed-en-Hoop.

Sandville

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

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.

Coffee Grove

Tucked between Lima and Danielstown on the Essequibo Coast is the tiny village spanning a hundred rods in length called Coffee Grove. The village, which now thrives mainly on rice farming, was previously a coffee plantation and this is where it got its name.

Lonsdale Village

Lonsdale Village located on the upper East Bank Berbice may be one of the most populated villages on that end, although it houses just about 100 persons.

Ross

Eighty-one kilometres from the city sits the village of Ross between Brahan and Yeoville on the West Coast Berbice.

Loo Creek

Loo Creek spans a vast area on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway but is sparsely populated.

Jacoba Constantia

In the heart of Canal Number One, just seven villages from the Conservancy Dam is the charming little village of Jacoba Constantia.

Kiltairn Village, Corentyne

Beautiful and breezy, Kiltairn Village is located just before Eversham Village on the Corentyne in Berbice when travelling from New Amsterdam.

Lancaster

Tucked away in the district of Mahaica some 20 miles from the city is the village of Unity, which is divided into three sub-villages: Unity, Lancaster and Mosquito Hall.

Waiakabra

Waiakabra is a village on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway. Not many people are familiar with it as it is often mistaken to be part of Kuru Kururu, which is situated opposite; others think it is called Ideal owing to the name of the road.

Adventure

Adventure on the Linden/Soesdyke High-way is a mixed community with a large percentage of Amerindians.

Swan

Swan, situated off the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, is an Amerindian community that is home to approximately 415 people.

Belle West

Belle West Housing Scheme sits in the heart of Canal Number Two, bordered by the village of Clay Brick (west), sugarcane fields (east and south) and the main canal to the north.

The Jib

The Jib is a peculiar, tiny village situated approximately 28.6 miles from the speedboat jetty at Supenaam and is a haven for its 200-plus residents.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam Village is located on the East Bank of  the Berbice River with a population of just about 70.

Experiment

Approximately 56 miles from the capital city, the village of Experiment on the West Coast Berbice sits between Naarstigheid and Hope (Bath Settlement).

Fyrish

Fyrish is situated on the Corentyne Coast 10.9 miles from New Amsterdam and close to three miles from Rose Hall Town.

West Watooka

West Watooka is situated in Wismar, Linden and is home to a warm bunch of people about 500 in total of mostly African Guyanese and Amerindian descent.

Saint John

Saint John is on the West Coast Berbice, 55 miles from the capital and is home to 800 residents.

Bethany revisited

Bethany is a charming little village in the Pomeroon/Supenaam region. According to a recent census, it has approximately 406 residents, who thrive mainly on logging and farming activities.

Soesdyke

Deep within Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara and three villages before the conservancy dam is the tiny village of Soesdyke, flanked by Endeavour and Good Land.

Number 43 Joppa Village

Story and photos by Bebi Oosman

Number 43/Joppa Village located on the Corentyne, Berbice in Region Six is self-sufficient, simple, free, and non-violent, a village of “one big family”, according to residents.