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.

Adventure

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Adventure on the Essequibo Coast is still affiliated with the former ferry stelling.

Aurora Village (Part 2)

Things in Aurora Village are much livelier than in Aurora Estate. Women walk in and out of the health centre with babies hanging from their hips; policemen stand outside the police station bracing against a wooden rail as they talk amongst themselves and shouts of chatter from children playing fill the air.

Spring Garden

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Spring Garden is one of the many villages situated on the Essequibo Coast.

Susannah

Story and photos by Bebi Oosman

Just before Bohemia on the Corentyne, East Berbice is the tiny village of Susannah, also called Number 15, a fairly obscure community as most persons refer to the road up to the Borlam turn as the “Nineteen Road,” although Number 19 is a few villages away.

Good Hope, Essequibo Coast(Part 1)

A thrilling 45-minute ride from Parika, passed by thick forested islands, boats bobbing on the Essequibo River or sunken in a corner, brings you to Good Hope on the Essequibo Coast.

Success

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Success, East Coast Demerara, has a population of just about 2,000 people, many of whom work at the La Bonne Intention Estate will soon be shifted to the Enmore Estate.

Good Hope

Good Hope is a tiny village on the East Bank Essequibo pressed between Greenwich Park and Ruby.

Kuru Kuru

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj A monument in the schools’ compound The road to Kuru Kuru, which is situated along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, is long and arduous.

Montrose

Montrose on the East Coast Demerara is home to approximately 1,500 residents. Montrose begins at Broad Street and ends at Last Street and has existed since the early 1960s, according to residents.

Resource

Resource is another of the small villages along Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara.

Buxton

(Part 1) “Everyone knows about Buxton, yet few people know Buxton,” this was the lament of the former village councillor Owen McGarrell when he spoke with the World Beyond Georgetown.

Le Ressouvenir

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Le Ressouvenir is a lively little village situated on the East Coast Demerara.

Alliance

Alliance is one of the villages situated in Canal Number Two. It is a small village with approximately 200 residents.

Maryville

Story and photos by Shabna Rahman   Residents of Maryville, Leguan Island are facing the effects of El Nino and were unable to cultivate rice for the current crop, though it is the main source of income for many farmers.

New Aanlegt

New Aanlegt is the longest of the villages in Canal Number Two with a population of approximately 2,500 people.

Kuru Kururu

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj This week’s feature on Kuru Kururu came about by way of a detour.

Prospect

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Prospect means outlook, scene, or vision but our first view of the East Bank Demerara village was not a clear one.

North Section

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   One of the cars parked at Stanleytown junction, once full, takes off to its destination.

South Section

Sprawled along a dam running parallel to the Canal Number Two Public Road is the village South Section.

Roden Rust

Story and photos by Shabna Rahman In the otherwise quiet village of Roden Rust, East Bank Essequibo, residents would like to see one thing changed: that is the removal of a sawmill that is causing dust pollution.

Coverden

There is an air of quiet. Most houses are closed; their occupants are off at work and school.

Clay Brick Road

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Edged on both sides by trees and flowering plants is a village situated in Canal Number Two known as Clay Brick Road.

Den Heuvel

Den Heuvel, on the East Bank Demerara, has a population of approximately 300 and is located just before Soesdyke.

Lima

Story and photos by Shabna Rahman   Rakesh Singh sat under a shed looking at the fishing boats moored in the river near the koker.

Good Success

The world beyond Georgetown

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Success was nearly not had in locating Good Success on the East Bank Demerara.

Golden Grove

The world beyond Georgetown

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Golden Grove or Grove, as most persons call it, on the East Bank Demerara is said to be one of the most developed villages in Guyana.

Caledonia

The World Beyond Georgetown

  Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Caledonia on the East Bank Demerara is a village that is sparsely populated by people, but home to a variety of fauna living in its areas of untouched vegetation, but also in captivity at Tropical Flora and Fauna Inc, which exports birds, mammals and reptiles.

Versailles

In the village of Versailles on the West Bank Demerara, Martley Mc Rae and his employees were hard at work in his block-making factory.

Farm

Farm on the East Bank Demerara is nothing like its name, unless you count the little kitchen gardens here and there.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden on the East Bank Demerara is a laid back community with an average population of 300.

The Bluff/De Buff

De Buff, a little village along a dam parallel to the Canal Number Two public road, is listed in the Guyana Gazetteer as The Bluff, but villagers are sticking with the name they know and point to their village sign as evidence.

Catherina Sophia

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Catherina Sophia or CS as most villagers refer to their home, lies tucked away in a tiny corner of the West Bank Demerara.

Rosetta

Down in Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara sits a ‘little rose’ whose towering coconut trees can be spotted a distance away.

St Cuthbert’s Mission revisited

Story and photos by Roger Wong Hidden behind thick forest, about eleven miles off the Soesdyke-Linden Highway St Cuthbert’s Mission sits amid a vast display of flora and fauna and is home to more than 1,200 Indigenous Guyanese.

Support

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   In 1954, two-year-old Nebert Perch left her home in Buxton and travelled with her mother Una Bobb Samuels and four-year-old brother Rudolph to a tiny village called Supply, today known as Support.

Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast

Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast is well known as the home of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), the institution that houses minors who have been in trouble with the law, but it is gaining more attention now since the establishment of the Rooster Resort and Fun Park.

Santa Mission

Story and photos by Mariah Lall and Arian Browne   Nestled on white, sandy hills and surrounded by contrasting flowing black water, the village of Santa Mission is the perfect example of how beautiful Guyana is.

Little Diamond

By Mariah Lall  With photos by Keno George   Whether it’s relaxing with old friends on a cool afternoon or playing a friendly game of draughts with someone from another generation, life in Little Diamond is laid back.

Elizabeth Hall

Story and photos by Dhanash Ramroop   A 20 minutes’ drive from Georgetown along the East Coast of Demerara takes you to the former hidden paradise of Elizabeth Hall.

Java

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Sprawled along a dam parallel to the Canal Number One Polder public road is a charming little village called Java.

De Endragt

Tucked away behind Mon Repos on the East Coast Demerara is the little village of De Endragt that is populated with approximately 300 people.

Matthews Ridge

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah Mathews Ridge, North West District with its hills, mountains and pristine rainforest is magnificent, its people are friendly and hospitable, but the community has a common problem – the state of its main road.

Palmyra

(Part 2)

Story and photos by Jannelle Williams   As The World Beyond Georgetown made its way to the Berbice Bridge access road which intersects the village, 19-year-old Darren Stuart was seen plying his trade, selling chips and other homemade snacks to passersby.

Palmyra

Story and photos by Jannelle Williams   Some 7.5km from New Amsterdam the village of Palmyra begins with a cluster of houses that take on a housing scheme kind of look.

Uitkomst

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Uitkomst is a petite village in Canal Number One.