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.

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.

Mahdia

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.

Naamless

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

The World beyond Georgetown

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.

Hosororo

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.

Britannia

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.

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.