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.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden on the East Bank Demerara is a laid back community with an average population of 300.

The Bluff/De Buff

De Buff, a little village along a dam parallel to the Canal Number Two public road, is listed in the Guyana Gazetteer as The Bluff, but villagers are sticking with the name they know and point to their village sign as evidence.

Catherina Sophia

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Catherina Sophia or CS as most villagers refer to their home, lies tucked away in a tiny corner of the West Bank Demerara.

Rosetta

Down in Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara sits a ‘little rose’ whose towering coconut trees can be spotted a distance away.

St Cuthbert’s Mission revisited

Story and photos by Roger Wong Hidden behind thick forest, about eleven miles off the Soesdyke-Linden Highway St Cuthbert’s Mission sits amid a vast display of flora and fauna and is home to more than 1,200 Indigenous Guyanese.

Support

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   In 1954, two-year-old Nebert Perch left her home in Buxton and travelled with her mother Una Bobb Samuels and four-year-old brother Rudolph to a tiny village called Supply, today known as Support.

Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast

Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast is well known as the home of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), the institution that houses minors who have been in trouble with the law, but it is gaining more attention now since the establishment of the Rooster Resort and Fun Park.

Santa Mission

Story and photos by Mariah Lall and Arian Browne   Nestled on white, sandy hills and surrounded by contrasting flowing black water, the village of Santa Mission is the perfect example of how beautiful Guyana is.

Little Diamond

By Mariah Lall  With photos by Keno George   Whether it’s relaxing with old friends on a cool afternoon or playing a friendly game of draughts with someone from another generation, life in Little Diamond is laid back.

Elizabeth Hall

Story and photos by Dhanash Ramroop   A 20 minutes’ drive from Georgetown along the East Coast of Demerara takes you to the former hidden paradise of Elizabeth Hall.

Java

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Sprawled along a dam parallel to the Canal Number One Polder public road is a charming little village called Java.

De Endragt

Tucked away behind Mon Repos on the East Coast Demerara is the little village of De Endragt that is populated with approximately 300 people.

Matthews Ridge

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah Mathews Ridge, North West District with its hills, mountains and pristine rainforest is magnificent, its people are friendly and hospitable, but the community has a common problem – the state of its main road.

Palmyra

(Part 2)

Story and photos by Jannelle Williams   As The World Beyond Georgetown made its way to the Berbice Bridge access road which intersects the village, 19-year-old Darren Stuart was seen plying his trade, selling chips and other homemade snacks to passersby.

Palmyra

Story and photos by Jannelle Williams   Some 7.5km from New Amsterdam the village of Palmyra begins with a cluster of houses that take on a housing scheme kind of look.

Uitkomst

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj   Uitkomst is a petite village in Canal Number One.

Supply

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Home to approximately 250 people, Supply, East Bank Demerara is a beautiful, little multi-cultural village.

Fellowship

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah   The friendly people of Fellowship, West Coast Demerara welcomed us warmly during an afternoon visit and were happy that their village would be featured in ‘The World Beyond Georgetown.’ They made it clear that the village was separate from Den Amstel, though many people would view the two villages as one,

Relief

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj Amid towering coconut and other palms and many other beautiful trees is a tiny village called Relief, nestled between villages also with odd names such as Support and Land of Canaan.

Pearl

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj This week, the World Beyond Georgetown visited a gem of a village tucked away between Sarah Johanna and Caledonia on the East Bank Demerara.

Vreed-en-Hoop

Students and other passengers disembarking a speedboat Tarmattie Persaud at work on her sewing machine Students strike a pose The depressed community of Plastic City The War Memorial Deborah Hamid Harry Deodharry Ena Peters A stall at the roadside market Kenneth Simon doing laundry Wendy Williams with her granddaughter KendraVreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara was bustling as with dark clouds hanging overhead, everyone was hurrying to get about their business done before the rains came.

Mon Bijou

Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj

  Mon Bijou is a discreet, little village in Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara.

Fort Ordnance

(Part 2)   Second Phase Development of the second phase of the Fort Ordnance Housing Scheme is now beginning to take shape.