“I born and grow here. My great-great-grandfather is the founder of this place,” Samuel Bernard says with some amount of pride.
Described as Guyana’s “cleanest town” by residents, the sprawling township of Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast is being promoted by its residents as a “leading” example to other townships across the country.
“Everybody is a hustler here,” is how Shakira Khan who vends at the busy Pomeroon River port of Charity in Region Two describes the area which is ideally poised to become Guyana’s newest town.
Located about 12 miles from the Berbice Bridge and 14 miles from New Amsterdam, the village of Belvedere on the Corentyne boasts about 25,000 residents.
The setting sun, chirping insects and rough water as it flowed over the rocks all fused to contribute to the picturesque setting that greeted us as we arrived at Tumatumari – a small village tucked away in the Potaro River in Region 8.
Overlooking the Linden/Soesdyke Highway is an Amerindian settlement called Waiakabra. On the surface this community which comprises at least 30 households looks like a dream spot to live.
Part 2 Solid waste Collins told this newspaper that they are using the excavator to desilt the main drainage, starting from the outfalls.
At times it seems an ancient place slowly marking the passage of time under the shade of giant trees until modernity pushes its face out to proclaim its presence.
As development moves apace at the recently established Tabatinga Housing Scheme in Lethem, residents there are anticipating an increase to the already growing population at the small border community.
Fort Wellington, West Coast Berbice which has a population of just about 100 residents is located about 54 miles from Georgetown and is the administrative centre of Region Five.
Number 68 Village, located about 41 miles from New Amsterdam has a population of almost 1,100 and is one of the most popular rice growing areas on the Corentyne.
Every weekday hundreds and hundreds of persons stream out, heading for the city, returning in waves at night.
“Mahaicony is more of a family place and everybody living here either related or would look out for each other,” said Claudia Braithwaite, who vends at the once busy Farm/Zeskenderen junction in Central Mahaicony.
Shieldstown, a quiet village on the West Bank of Berbice was established after officials from the GuySuCo Estate at Blairmont made arrangements for residents of Rampoor Settlement to relocate there.
Although an isolated village, Mocha-Arcadia has many modern amenities that residents in the city are accustomed to.
A spirit of restoration is afoot in the East Coast Village of Victoria and the movement is being led by the Victoria Reconstruction Trust (VRT).
From a farming and a fishing community, Bush Lot Village, West Coast Berbice which has a population of over 10,000 has developed tremendously with residents establishing various types of business.
Cut off from the rest of the country and in “dire need of development” is the farming community of Laluni Creek.
Auchlyne Estate is not like any ordinary village on the Corentyne; although it is located in the Lancaster/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) it is managed by the Church of Scotland.
Rockstone sits on the Essequibo River some thirty-two miles above Bartica. In the past few years it has acquired a certain renown for hosting Guyana’s largest fish festival, which attracts both tourists as well as local people.
Sheet Anchor, the last village in East Canje before reaching New Amsterdam has a population of over 4,500 with a section under the Canje Bridge that many people do not know exists.
Eight miles from Georgetown on the East Bank lies the village of Craig, a farming community which has evolved over the years from its original association with plantation lands.
Nine miles from Vreed-en-Hoop is the village of Wales on the West Bank of Demerara.
Seafield/No 42 Village seemed quiet, like any ordinary village in West Coast Berbice, but a recent visit established that a lot actually goes on there, especially through the Region Five Disabled Persons’ Network (DPN).
There has not been the expected increase in businesses at D’Edward Village, West Coast Berbice, following the opening of the Berbice River Bridge, but residents said the cost for houses at the location had certainly risen.