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.

Nooten Zuil

Deemed one of the quietest villages on the East Coast of Demerara by residents living there, Nooten Zuil is one of those settlements which has a fruit tree in every yard, a hammock under every tree and a kitchen garden in almost every home.

Swan

Story and photos by Mandy Thompson Most people have probably never heard of Swan other than those who actually live in that general area; it is not even in Guyana’s Gazetteer. 

Calcutta

The village of Calcutta, Mahaicony is made of up predominantly African Guyanese, although the name might suggest it would be occupied by East Indians.

Kingelly

Photos by Johann Earle Set on the West Coast Berbice, the village of Kingelly is one of many rustic and quiet villages along the coast.

Mon Repos

By Tifaine Rutherford with photos by Arian Browne Over the years, the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about Mon Repos, is the cheap daily market.

Lusignan

Sandwiched between Annandale and Good Hope on the East Coast of Demerara, Lusignan, is a predomi-nantly Indian Guyanese community where most residents earn their livelihood in the farming and fishing industries, and some are employed by the public and private sectors.

Strathspey

Story and photos by Mandy Thompson  He is bachelor who knows every detail about keeping a home and the various culinary skills with which a woman would be familiar.

New Hope

Photos by Arian Browne Unlike other rural villages where most people are engaged in farming, residents of the East Bank community of New Hope rarely farm and none of them has taken it up as a full-time occupation, people living in the area said.

Leonora

Story by Tifaine Rutherford with photos by Arian Browne Originally called ‘Plantation Leonora’, this village on the West Bank of Demerara got its name in colonial times.

Bengal

The World Beyond Georgetown

Bengal Village, Corentyne has started to attract notice because of Bengal Aromatic Rice which has hit the market locally and will soon reach Trinidad.

Diamond

The World Beyond Georgetown

Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara sits between Prospect and Golden Grove, and is home to one of the largest housing schemes in Guyana, if not the Caribbean.

Providence

The World Beyond Georgetown

A little community located between Herstelling and Peter’s Hall on the East Bank Demerara is developing and expanding at a rate that villagers could never have imagined some 10 years ago.

Kako

The World Beyond Georgetown

On a foggy Wednesday morning as she washed clothes in the cold, dark water of the Kako River, a woman related that she once took a young relative to the city and when it was time to bathe, the girl asked where the river was so that they take a bath.

No 10 Village West Coast Berbice

The World Beyond Georgetown

At No 10 Village, West Coast Berbice, the atmosphere was peaceful, save for the sound of vehicles slowing to access the bypass that was built to facilitate the construction of a concrete bridge.

Ithaca

The World Beyond Georgetown

Ithaca, described as “nice and quiet” by residents, is a predominantly African-Guyanese village located at the end of the West Bank of Berbice and is bounded by Blairmont settlement to the left.

Nappi, Rupununi

The World Beyond Georgetown

Sometimes the wind sweeps the dark rain clouds to the side of the blue-green mountains and a grey curtain of rain drops to the dark forest below.

Vive-la-Force

The World Beyond Georgetown

After you pass the canefields of Wales and Patentia along the Demerara River you come to the quiet village of Vive-la-Force, which takes its name from a colonial plantation.

Yupukari, Rupununi

The world beyond Georgetown

There is always something happening in Yupukari. Whether it’s catching caimans, caring for turtles, playing football, surfing the internet, constructing something or just hanging about swapping stories, there is always lots to do.

Fellowship, Mahaicony

The World Beyond Georgetown

The quiet village of Fellowship, Mahaicony is surrounded by a lot of huge trees and you have to look carefully to find some of the houses that are hidden among them.

Canal No 2 Polder

The world beyond Georgetown

Canal No 2 Polder on the West Bank of Demerara is one of those rapidly developing communities in the countryside where movable shops on buses and trucks take care of residents’ consumption needs.

Zeelugt

The World Beyond Georgetown

Zeelugt is a small, yet vibrant village on the East Bank Essequibo situated between Tuschen and De Kinderen.

Vigilance

The World beyond Georgetown

Situated almost on the outskirts of Georgetown along the East Coast of Demerara is the community of Vigilance.

Bamia

The World Beyond Georgetown

Over the years the name Bamia has been associated with one thing – its creek.

The Christmas season at No 8 Village

THE WORLD BEYOND GEORGETOWN

Photos by Shabna Ullah You know it is Christmas at No 8 Village, West Coast Berbice when the aroma from the black cake baking in a huge mud oven fills the air.

Clonbrook

Residents of the front part of Clonbrook say they enjoy the serenity of the village, and having seen much development over the years they would not migrate from the area.

Wisroc

Story and photos by Cathy Richards Back in the 1970s, the Wisroc Housing Scheme was the showpiece of Linden with its hundreds of three-bedroom claybrick houses, most of them built by self-help.

Islington

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah Islington, the first village on the East Bank of Berbice located next to New Amsterdam was described by residents as the “forgotten village” or a “depressed community.” It is a small village, which is home to residents of various ethnicities,

Moleson Creek

Story and photos by David Pappanah Moleson Creek is the last village on the Coren-tyne coast, located some 30 minutes away from Corriverton by a car.

Orealla

Story and photos by David Pappanah Sitting on the banks of the Corentyne River, approximately 54 miles from Crabwood Creek is one of two Amerindian villages – Orealla.

Supenaam

Described by residents as one of the smallest and oldest communities in the region, Supenaam is considered among the busiest ports on the Essequibo River.

Dochfour

Story and photos by Frances Abraham At 81, ‘Cousin Mavis’ rears chickens, plants a garden, produces coconut oil, pepper sauce, achar, pointer brooms and other items which she sells while she walks.

Nabaclis

By Mandy Thompson Photos by Anjuli Persaud Nabaclis sits between the communities of Golden Grove and Cove and John on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), and is well known for its numerous food stalls that sell white pudding, homemade bread and pastries on a daily basis.

Lancaster

By David Pappanah   Like most other villages on the Corentyne, Lancaster is peaceful and quiet. 

Woodley Park

Photos by Marcelle Thomas and Shabna Ullah Long before you reach Woodley Park you catch the aroma of the village.

Port Kaituma

Story and photos by Zoisa Fraser As night steps in, Port Kaituma (PK) Central comes alive as miners and residents converge after a hard day’s work to relax, share news, party, eat and drink.

Arakaka

“I came here about five years ago from West Berbice but I find it ok here because it peaceful,” said Roy Shivdat, one of the  less than 200 residents who live in the Region One mining community of Arakaka.

No 63 Benab

Story and photos by David Pappanah Well known because it is home to Guyana’s premier beach, No 63 is a small village whose official name is No 63 Benab.

Long Creek

Photos by Anjuli Persaud Overlooking the Soesdyke-Linden Highway is a village called Long Creek which is home to about 400 persons who maintain a simple lifestyle because of the hardships they face.

Hauraruni

Story and photos by Alva Solomon Situated some three miles off the Linden-Soesdyke Highway is the sprawling religious community of Hauraruni.

Crabwood Creek

The world beyond Georgetown

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah The village of Crabwood Creek (CWC), Corentyne which has a population of 7,000 is said to have seen significant business developments over the years with many residents engaged in trading in neighbouring Suriname.

Salem

Story and photos by Lakhram Bhagirat Salem is a quiet village located on the eastern bank of the Essequibo River, approximately twenty-two miles from Vreed-en-Hoop.

Rose Hall Town

Story and photos by David Pappanah Of Guyana’s six towns Rose Hall is the smallest.

Adventure, Corentyne

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah The village of Adventure on the Corentyne is quite small with a population of about 300, but it is well-known for being home to the Felix Austin Police College which trains new officers.

Liverpool

The world beyond Georgetown

Photos by Anjuli Persaud and Frances Abraham Liverpool on the Corentyne coast is situated about 18 miles from New Amsterdam, and consists of 450 homes with about 1,000 persons, the largest proportion of whom are African-Guyanese.

St Ignatius

Story and photos by Alva Solomon The sprawling community of St Ignatius in Region 9 is peaceful and quiet and residents there thrive on their ‘self-help’ customs to develop their environs.

Williamsburg

Story and photos by David Pappanah Located on the Corentyne coast, 25 minutes away from New Amsterdam and bordered by Rose Hall Town and Hampshire, is the friendly, peaceful village of Williamsburg.

Moraikobai

Photos by Anjuli Persaud “My name is Dorothy Patoir and I could tell you the story of this village which [got its name because of] … the Caribs who conquered the Arawaks.“ Those were the words of one of the oldest residentsof the Amerindian community of Moraikobai which lies along the Mahaicony River in Region Five.