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.


By Gaulbert Sutherland Photos by Arian Browne At the RH Hotel in Mahdia, it is easy to believe that you are on a Caribbean island.


Story and photos by Tifaine Rutherford Situated on the East Bank of Essequibo, Naamless stretches for about a ¼ of a mile and is home to approximately 150 residents of Indian and Amerindian descent.

Mon Choisi

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah No 3 Village or Mon Choisi, West Coast Berbice is quite small with a population of just over 200, but it is buzzing with economic activity and is quite popular for its large-scale honey production.

Cane Grove

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Story and photos by Tifaine Rutherford and Shakisa Harvey A long drive several miles behind the Mahaica market leads to this agricultural community that is located along the Mahaica River.


Today we bring you a visual ‘World beyond…’ The photographs are from Hosororo and Kumaka and were taken by Duncan Saul.

St Lawrence

Photos by Mandy Thompson Every village needs an Archie to cut the grass and drain water from the potholes on the roads.


There was a lot of activity in the village of Britannia, West Coast Berbice on Saturday afternoon, with some rice farmers returning home on their tractors and other persons tending to their livestock.

Mosquito Hall

Story and photos by Tifaine Rutherford Just before one crosses the Mahaica Bridge, there is a small fishing community tucked away between the high trees and windy roads.

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.


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. 


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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

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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.


The World Beyond Georgetown

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


The World beyond Georgetown

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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