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.

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.

Wauna

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.

Enterprise

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

Columbia

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.

Mackenzie

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

Hosororo

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

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

Kumaka

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

Gangaram

Photos by Bebi Oosman

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

Mabaruma

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

Whitewater

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

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

Photos by Bebi Oosman

Babylon, Corentyne, Berbice also called Number 64 Village is home to approximately 600 people.

Onderneeming (Part 1)

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

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Silver Hill on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway is approximately 13 miles from the mining town.

Seawell

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.

Airy Hall

The world beyond Georgetown

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.

Middlesex

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

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.

Huis T’ Dieren

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

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj

These children enjoyed being pushed home by a cousin Riverstown, a village on the Essequibo Coast, is pressed between Pomona and Airy Hall.

Buxton

(Part 2)

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.

Number 35/Macedonia

Story and photos by Bebi Oosman Number 35/Macedonia is located on the Corentyne in the ancient county of Berbice.