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.

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

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.

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 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.