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.

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

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.

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

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.