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.
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.
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.
A small community in the Klein/Pouderoyen area, Phoenix Park is home to approximately 300 residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Babylon, Corentyne, Berbice also called Number 64 Village is home to approximately 600 people.
One of the things that is prevalent in Guyana is several villages in different parts of the country with the same name.
To get to Sandpit, Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast one has to travel to Suddie and take a car from the car park.
Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast is a relatively large village when it comes to square miles, but many of its residents, particularly those who lived along the Public Road, have migrated.
Silver Hill on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway is approximately 13 miles from the mining town.
Story and photos by Bebi Oosman Called ‘Coco Belly Village’ for the abundance of this small fish that lives in its swamplands, Seawell Village is tucked away between the Number Two Village and the Number 19 Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice.
Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Reggae music blared from a house and a few young men sat under a tree chatting, otherwise Airy Hall on the Essequibo Coast seemed super quiet.
Photos by Joanna Dhanraj This village is the third of the same name that the World Beyond Georgetown has visited.
The name is of English origin, but that is just where it stops, Middlesex, the first village in Canal Number Two, was bought by four brothers, Rahiem Lalman, Mangal, Liliah and Karan.
Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Just about 500 people live in Huis T’ Dieren, a bright and beautiful little village on the Esse-quibo Coast.
Riverstown, a village on the Essequibo Coast, is pressed between Pomona and Airy Hall.
With photos by Keno George It has only been a few days since schools closed for the August holidays, but the children of Buxton, East Coast Demerara have already assumed their rightful places in the niches of their community.
Story and photos by Bebi Oosman Number 35/Macedonia is located on the Corentyne in the ancient county of Berbice.
Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Adventure on the Essequibo Coast is still affiliated with the former ferry stelling.
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.
Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Aurora on the Essequibo Coast is divided two sections: Aurora Estate and Aurora Village.
Hill Foot, as its name suggests, sits at the foot of a hill.
Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Spring Garden is one of the many villages situated on the Essequibo Coast.
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.
Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Abigail Brand was born and raised at Good Hope and is a former teacher at Good Hope Primary School.
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.
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 is a tiny village on the East Bank Essequibo pressed between Greenwich Park and Ruby.
Photos by Joanna Dhanraj Greenwich Park is a village situated on the East Bank Essequibo.
Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj The road to Kuru Kuru, which is situated along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, is long and arduous.
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 is another of the small villages along Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara.
(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.
Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Le Ressouvenir is a lively little village situated on the East Coast Demerara.
Alliance is one of the villages situated in Canal Number Two. It is a small village with approximately 200 residents.
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 is the longest of the villages in Canal Number Two with a population of approximately 2,500 people.