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.

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.

Kairuni

Nestled in the forest along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, some 50 miles from the capital is the village of Kairuni.

El Dorado

El Dorado Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB) is situated 70 kilometres from Georgetown.

Good Land (Okoo)

  Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Good Land is situated in Canal Number One, about seven and a half miles from the junction with Bagotville.

Belfield

Belfield is a tiny village on the western side of Leguan with a small population of some 70 persons, predominantly Indian Guyanese.

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.