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.

Pearl

Story by Dacia Whaul Photos by Arian Browne If you are not a lover of the overwhelming pace of city life and the doctor has ordered some time in a serene environment, then Pearl must be on your list of places to go.

Whitewater Village

Whitewater Village is a community in Region One, Barima-Waini, just a few miles from the border with Venezuela.

Baracara

Story and photos by David Pappanah   Baracara is a predominately African community that is located approximately fifty miles up the Canje River.

Lima Sands

Story and photos by Kenesha Fraser When Sunday Stabroek journeyed into Lima Sands, a village of about 800 inhabitants behind Anna Regina in Essequibo, the trail used by the villagers was deserted.

Tobago Hill

Story and photos by Mario Joseph   Deep in the North West District, Region One, in a world far beyond Georgetown, there lies a lush, green, remote village called Tobago Hill.

No 5 Village West Coast Berbice

Most of the residents of the close-knit community of No 5 Village, West Coast Berbice are engaged in business from selling iguanas and water coconuts to running food stalls by the roadside.

Plaisance-Sparendaam

Story and photos by Desilon Daniels   The villages of Plaisance and Sparendaam, situated between Better Hope and Goedverwagting on the East Coast of Demerara, are so closely intertwined, even the villagers don’t distinguish them.

Belfield

Story and photos by Dacia Whaul Originally a rice field, Belfield lies16 miles from the capital city between Nooten Zuil and Victoria on the East Coast Demerara.

Bachelor’s Adventure

Story and photos by Samaria Deonauth The blooming gardens of Bachelor’s Adventure are pleasing to the eye.

Hampton Court

Story and photos by Kenesha Fraser Hampton Court, a predominantly East Indian village located between Devonshire Castle and Windsor Castle, is well-populated but most of the people who live there, Sunday Stabroek was told, “don’t like publicity.” The reticence of the villagers provided some reinforcement for this caution, however, Mr Ishack Basir, a stalwart who lives in the village readily provided information.

Friendship Squatting Area

Story and photos by Mario Joseph   Whether it’s a hot sunny day or a cool afternoon, sweet ripe coconut water is always on sale at Priestman’s coconut stall on the edge of Friendship, on the East Bank of Demerara.

Number 6 Village/Bel Air

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah   Even with a small population, Number 6 Village/Bel Air, West Coast Berbice is booming with businesses and boasts beautiful modern houses.

La Retraite

Story and photos by Jeanna Pearson Acres of canefields and tractors line the access roads of many villages on the West Bank of Demerara, but there is something different about La Retraite that causes villagers, especially the younger folks, to remain in the place of their birth.

Queenstown

Story and photos by Kenesha Fraser Following emancipation, some white planters made quick money by selling the front lands of their estates to African labourers.

Barnwell

Story and photos by Dacia Whaul The small village of Barnwell has a population of less than two hundred people accommo-dated in houses dotted along the East Bank Essequibo public road.

Triumph

Story and photos by Samaria Deonauth Sandwiched between the much larger villages of Mon Repos and Beterverwag-ting is the breezy little settlement known as Triumph.

Tempe

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah   Rice was very much in evidence at Tempe, West Coast Berbice with some farmers drying paddy in their yards or on the roadways.

De Kinderen

Story and photos by Dacia Whaul Like many of its sister villages on the West Coast of Demerara, De Kinderen was “bare bush” when locals and foreigners began to cultivate the land.

Rising Sun

Story and photos by Desilon Daniels and Samaria Deonauth   Sandwiched between Washington and Seafield/Number 42 Village, the small village of Rising Sun on the West Coast of Berbice is a community of close familial ties.

Belle Vue

Story and photos by Dacia Whaul Drawn by the hope of a better life, approximately fifty-four farmers and their immediate families migrated from across the three counties of Guyana, to the Belle Vue Pilot Scheme, a co-operative venture, which is now known as Belle Vue Village.

Somerset and Berks

Story and photos by Kenesha Fraser The little village of Somerset and Berks sandwiched between New Road and Evergreen is “peaceful and quiet” according to residents.

Gay Park

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah At Gay Park, East Bank Berbice (EBB) the peace is only occasionally disturbed by vehicles passing through, honking their horns and slowing down to negotiate some of the potholes on the road.

Chateau Margot

Story by Dacia Whaul Photos by Arian Browne Sandwiched between Success on the west and La Bonne Intention on the east, is the close knit community of Chateau Margot on the East Coast of Demerara, comprising about 600 people, according to the estimate of one resident.

Rupertee

Mist swirls around the tops of the three hills of Rupertee and the cold breeze streaming from the nearby Pakaraima Mountains, makes a memory – at least for a while – of the heat that can sear the Rupununi savannahs.

Ruimzigt

Story and photos by Dacia Whaul Ruimzigt is a small village located a few miles from Vreed-en-Hoop on the West Coast of Demerara between Windsor Forest and Wallers Delight.

Annai

Story and photos by Gaulbert Sutherland If there is any place in Guyana that should be at the top of the list of places to live, it would be Annai.

Zeeburg

By Dacia Whaul  with photos by Arian Browne “Zeeburg is the largest fishing community on the West Coast of Demerara,” boasted George, “and we have the best cricket team over here.” When most of Guyana is asleep, fisher folk in Zeeburg are coming in from the Atlantic Ocean with their catch of fish and shrimp.

Philippi

In the quiet farming community of Philippi on the Corentyne, Bertely Matheson, 70, was relaxing in a hammock in her yard when The World Beyond Georgetown dropped in.

Danielstown

Story and photos by Kenesha Fraser In the early years, according to residents, a white man named Daniel, who owned the sugar factory in the village of Sparta on the Essequibo coast, bought land in the area nearby, and the place was later called ‘Danielstown’.

De Willem

Story by Tifaine Rutherford with photos by Arian Browne I bet that you have never heard of a road called ‘Carilla Street,’ unless, that is, you are from De Willem.

Sandvoort

Stories and photos by Shabna Ullah Residents of Sandvoort, an agricultural village in West Canje, Berbice whose residents are close-knit, have been involved in self-help activities from the inception.

Anna Catherina

By Dacia Whaul with photos by Arian Browne There was no one out in the streets when Sunday Stabroek visited Anna Catherina recently.

Karaudarnau

Story and photos by Gaulbert Sutherland   If you’re scared of leaping cows, don’t go into the corral.

Dartmouth

Story and photos by Kenesha Fraser Dartmouth, a well-populated community on the Essequibo coast situated between Westbury and Perth, is an African village that was bought by freed slaves following emancipation.

Pigeon Island Squatting Area

Story by Jeanna Pearson with photos by Arian Browne   Approximately eight miles from Georgetown poverty-stricken Indian families are crammed into small dilapidated shacks along a dam near the banks of the Chateau Margot seawall.

Port Mourant

Port Mourant, Corentyne, the home village of the late president of Guyana, Dr Cheddi Jagan as well as some outstanding cricketers, was described as the only village that offers education from “nursery to university.”  It is a very large village made up of about 15 settlements including Free Yard, Bound Yard, Portuguese Quarter, Bangladesh, Ankerville, Clifton, Tain, Miss Phoebe and John’s, and it is nestled between Guyana’s smallest town of Rose Hall to the west and Bloomfield Village to the east.

Fairfield

Amidst endless cattle pastures and yellow rice fields, sits the small village of Fairfield in Mahaica. 

Land of Plenty

Story and photos by Keneisha Fraser “I came to live here in 1975 when I married.

Kumu

Most people pass the scattered, thatched-roofed, mud-brick huts of Kumu without stopping and head directly to the white spray of the Kumu Falls to splash about in the cold waters roaring off the mountain.

Nigg

During a visit to Nigg, Corentyne in the scorching mid-afternoon sun, the village appears quiet and empty with hardly any activity, save for vehicles including a horse-cart with passengers, passing through.

Brickery

By Erika Williams with photos by Arian Browne   A village described by its residents as peaceful and quiet, Brickery is located on the East Bank Demerara sandwiched between Garden of Eden on the one side and Supply on the other.

Isseneru

Oh Casak! On the farms, in practically every home, at gatherings in Isseneru, this local beverage runneth over.

Lowlands

By Marcelle Thomas with photos by Arian Browne  Maybe it’s because every time it rains the village is flooded, that it got its name.

Lichfield

The friendly and helpful residents of Lichfield, West Coast Berbice are known for their independence with many of them being engaged in cattle and rice farming.

Prospect

Prospect, a small village located approximately 5 miles from Georgetown on the East Bank of Demerara, is home to nearly 800 residents.

Campbelltown

Many people do not get to watch a community grow up. Edgar Beard, who does not know his true age but is pretty sure that he is over 63 years old, however, was able to watch as the Amerindian community of Campbelltown was transformed from a community of five families to well over 300 persons today.

Perseverance

Story and photos by Tifaine Rutherford   Ask anyone about the famous silk cotton tree that is in the middle of the road at Perseverance, Mahaicony and you are sure to hear a myth or two.

Bath Settlement

Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, a well-populated community has seen considerable development over the years with the establishment of several large-scale businesses and a new housing scheme in one section. 

Bendorff

Story and photos by Mandy Thompson Nobody seems to know that away from the hustle and bustle of the Parika Stelling tucked away behind tall trees is the small community of Bendorff.