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.

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.

Warren Plantation

Warren Plantation is on the Corentyne Coast, directly after Number 19 Village when one is travelling from New Amsterdam.

Blenheim

Blenheim, is the second village in the south of Leguan, between Enterprise and Endeavour, less than a mile from the stelling.

Cullen

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Cullen on the Essequibo Coast is precisely 23.5 kilometres from Supenaam, between Bremen and Abrams Zuil.

Pakistan

Pakistan sits snugly between Windsor Forest and La Jalousie on the West Coast Demerara approximately nine kilometres from the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.

New Forest

New Forest is one of the last villages you get to when heading into East Canje, Berbice. While many claim that New Forest is located directly after Gangaram Village, residents of the area told the World Beyond Georgetown that New Forest is actually located further down; after Gangaram there are several other villages with just a few houses before New Forest.

Nooitgedacht

Nooitgedacht is a village on Wakenaam Island running parallel to Arthurville, which was featured last week.

Arthurville

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Arthurville is a tiny village on the island of Wakenaam, of not more than 60 people.

Two Friends

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

A 40-minute drive from Georgetown along the East Coast Demerara road would bring you to Two Friends, a busy little village, precisely 29.5 kilometers from the city.

Hoff Van Aurich

Hoff Van Aurich is a sleepy little village on the Essequibo Coast situated 26 kilometres from Supenaam.

Clonbrook

Situated on the East Coast Demerara, Clonbrook us the village between Ann’s Grove and Bee Hive.

Mora

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Mora is a tiny village on the right bank of the Essequibo River, 35.5 kilometres from Vreed-en-Hoop tucked between Salem and Sparta and home to just a few families.

Aranaputa

Aranaputa Valley sits in the midst of the Pakaraima mountain range. The valley and Lethem are said to be the first two settlements in the Rupununi.

Number 11 Village

Photos by Bebi Oosman

Number 11 Village, Corentyne, Berbice is a small village with a population of just over 300 people.

Central Amelia’s Ward

Central Amelia’s Ward is a quiet village in Linden. It is well laid out because it was built as a housing community and was never subject to squatting.

Endeavour, Leguan

Endeavour is on the eastern end of the island of Leguan in the Essequibo River and home to less than 200 residents, most of whom farm for a living.

Kwatamang

(Continued from last week) Photos by Joanna Dhanraj The only word to describe the village garden is lush.

Kwatamang

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Kwatamang, one of the five satellite villages of Annai, is situated on very hilly terrain.

Wowetta

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Wowetta in the North Rupununi is one of the five satellite villages of Annai and is home to approximately 400 people of 78 households predominantly of the Macushi and Wapishiana tribes.

Look Out

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Look Out is a tiny village on the East Bank Essequibo, with no more than 200 residents, skirted by Grove and Naamryck.

Bee Hive

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Situated on the East Coast Demerara, Bee Hive is hemmed by the Atlantic Ocean, a coconut plantation and Clonbrook and Greenfield; it is 30 kilometres away from the capital and home to more than 1,500 residents.

Perseverance

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

When the World Beyond Georgetown visited Perseverance on the Essequibo Coast earlier this month, the festival of Phagwah was being celebrated.

Epsom

Epsom is one of the smallest villages in the ancient county of Berbice.

Haslington (Part 2)

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

(Continued from last week) In a yard filled with colourful flowers neatly displayed in pots lives Carlton Dornick and his wife.

Haslington (Part 1)

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Home to thousands, Haslington is a relatively large village on the East Coast Demerara, 24.5 kilometres (15.2 miles) from the capital city.

Hydronie

Hydronie on the East Bank Essequibo is sandwiched between Bushy Park and Parika, beginning at the signboard on the road and ending at Market Street, where the trains once ran.

Friendship

Friendship, one of the longest villages on the East Bank Demerara situated 18 kilometres (nearly 12 miles) from the capital city, is home to some 3,000 people.

Golden Fleece

  Golden Fleece on the Essequibo Coast is situated 13 miles north of Supenaam and is home to approximately 700 persons.

Free and Easy

  What a name to give to a village, which according to some people is situated ‘behind God’s back’; a village that has no access to public transportation because it is almost four miles off the public road; a village with holes in its roads too big to call potholes and where nothing seems easy.

Ann’s Grove

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj The lively village of Ann’s Grove, probably ‘the village that never sleeps,’ was founded back in the early 1800s.

Harlem

Harlem is a small village on the West Coast Demerara, just over three miles from Vreed-en-Hoop.

Wellington Park

Photos by Bebi Oosman

Travelling along the Corentyne highway, you could miss Wellington Park, which is considered the smallest village on the Corentyne or maybe even in the entire Berbice, with its 12 houses and population of less than 50 persons.

Phoenix Park

A small community in the Klein/Pouderoyen area, Phoenix Park is home to approximately 300 residents.

South Amelia’s Ward

It was still raining on Monday after a long weekend spell of hard showers when the World Beyond Georgetown visited South Amelia’s Ward in Linden.