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.


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 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 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, 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 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.

Number Seven Village

photos by Bebi Oosman

With about only 30 houses in total, Number Seven Village could very easily not be noticed, although Berbicians traverse what is well known as the Number 19 Public Road umpteen times per day.


The world beyond Georgetown

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Wauna is a tiny village in the North West District, home to just a couple hundred people.


Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Almost every street had animals nibbling and grazing at whatever green was in their reach.


Some 2,000 people live in the small village of Columbia, on the Essequibo Coast, which fits snug between Aberdeen and Affiance and the majority of them are Hindus, while a few are Muslims.

Speightland, Mackenzie

After visiting Central Mackenzie, the World Beyond Georgetown continued on to Speightland, which is just past the old Aluminium Factory.


Photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Visits to places outside of Georgetown serve as learning experiences.


Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Hosororo, a small community within the Mabaruma sub-district of Region One (Barima/Waini), exudes serenity.


Photos by Joanna Dhanraj   The bus stopped and let off its passengers on the ubiquitous red road that runs through the North West District.


Photos by Bebi Oosman

Developed, yet quaint, Gangaram village is nestled between Betsy Ground and New Forest in East Canje, Berbice.


School had just let out for lunch when the World Beyond Georgetown arrived in Mabaruma, one of this country’s newest towns.


Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Living in Whitewater Central, Toshao Cleveland DeSouza said, has become much easier compared to a number of years ago when they had to foot it to Kumaka Market whenever they missed the tractor, as transportation is much more readily available.


Whitewater, the largest Indigenous settlement in the Mabaruma sub-region, got its name from a crystal stream that runs through it, though over time it has become less transparent.