By Roxanne Clarke with photos by Anjuli Persaud There is a rural community not far from Georgetown whose peace is only shattered by the whine of vehicles racing on the highway.
The village of Edderton, or No 4, West Coast Berbice can be spotted from a distance because of the huge mango trees which line the roadside in front of residents’ homes.
By Frances Abraham with photos by Anjuli Persaud Between Foulis and Golden Grove on the East Coast of Demerara, lies the hospitable community of Enmore.
with photos by Anjuli Persaud Situated about 8 miles from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri is the small East Bank Demerera village of Sarah Johanna, the community was originally an estate purchased by the late Donnie Roberts who divided the land among his three sons, Samuel Jaisingh, Paul Jaisingh and James JaiSingh.
If anyone mentions ‘Shining Town’ in Linden, they would be referring to Silvertown, which is one of Linden’s first communities.
By Roxanne Clarke With photos by Anjuli Persaud Den Amstel lies about seven miles from Vreed-en-Hoop, sandwiched between Blankenburg to the east, and Hague to the west.
Nestled on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), Stewartville is located about ten miles from Vreed-en-Hoop, and has a population of around 2,500 made up of various ethnic groups.
For the residents of Victory Valley life is not too far below the average compared to persons living in other communities on the west bank of the Demerara River at Linden.
There is no escaping the sea in Wakenaam. Here the Essequibo River and the Atlantic Ocean clash and mingle, threatening to overrun the fragile defences of the island as they have done in the past.
Violet Rodrigues, 84, a retired teacher of Kildonan Village, Corentyne who still takes her morning walks to “keep fit” was always actively involved in the development of her community and the youths.
“I born and grow here. My great-great-grandfather is the founder of this place,” Samuel Bernard says with some amount of pride.
Described as Guyana’s “cleanest town” by residents, the sprawling township of Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast is being promoted by its residents as a “leading” example to other townships across the country.
“Everybody is a hustler here,” is how Shakira Khan who vends at the busy Pomeroon River port of Charity in Region Two describes the area which is ideally poised to become Guyana’s newest town.
Located about 12 miles from the Berbice Bridge and 14 miles from New Amsterdam, the village of Belvedere on the Corentyne boasts about 25,000 residents.
The setting sun, chirping insects and rough water as it flowed over the rocks all fused to contribute to the picturesque setting that greeted us as we arrived at Tumatumari – a small village tucked away in the Potaro River in Region 8.
Overlooking the Linden/Soesdyke Highway is an Amerindian settlement called Waiakabra. On the surface this community which comprises at least 30 households looks like a dream spot to live.
Part 2 Solid waste Collins told this newspaper that they are using the excavator to desilt the main drainage, starting from the outfalls.
At times it seems an ancient place slowly marking the passage of time under the shade of giant trees until modernity pushes its face out to proclaim its presence.
As development moves apace at the recently established Tabatinga Housing Scheme in Lethem, residents there are anticipating an increase to the already growing population at the small border community.
Fort Wellington, West Coast Berbice which has a population of just about 100 residents is located about 54 miles from Georgetown and is the administrative centre of Region Five.
Number 68 Village, located about 41 miles from New Amsterdam has a population of almost 1,100 and is one of the most popular rice growing areas on the Corentyne.
Every weekday hundreds and hundreds of persons stream out, heading for the city, returning in waves at night.
“Mahaicony is more of a family place and everybody living here either related or would look out for each other,” said Claudia Braithwaite, who vends at the once busy Farm/Zeskenderen junction in Central Mahaicony.
Shieldstown, a quiet village on the West Bank of Berbice was established after officials from the GuySuCo Estate at Blairmont made arrangements for residents of Rampoor Settlement to relocate there.
Although an isolated village, Mocha-Arcadia has many modern amenities that residents in the city are accustomed to.
A spirit of restoration is afoot in the East Coast Village of Victoria and the movement is being led by the Victoria Reconstruction Trust (VRT).
From a farming and a fishing community, Bush Lot Village, West Coast Berbice which has a population of over 10,000 has developed tremendously with residents establishing various types of business.
Cut off from the rest of the country and in “dire need of development” is the farming community of Laluni Creek.
Auchlyne Estate is not like any ordinary village on the Corentyne; although it is located in the Lancaster/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) it is managed by the Church of Scotland.
Rockstone sits on the Essequibo River some thirty-two miles above Bartica. In the past few years it has acquired a certain renown for hosting Guyana’s largest fish festival, which attracts both tourists as well as local people.
Sheet Anchor, the last village in East Canje before reaching New Amsterdam has a population of over 4,500 with a section under the Canje Bridge that many people do not know exists.
Eight miles from Georgetown on the East Bank lies the village of Craig, a farming community which has evolved over the years from its original association with plantation lands.
Nine miles from Vreed-en-Hoop is the village of Wales on the West Bank of Demerara.
Seafield/No 42 Village seemed quiet, like any ordinary village in West Coast Berbice, but a recent visit established that a lot actually goes on there, especially through the Region Five Disabled Persons’ Network (DPN).
There has not been the expected increase in businesses at D’Edward Village, West Coast Berbice, following the opening of the Berbice River Bridge, but residents said the cost for houses at the location had certainly risen.
Kwakwani is home to more than four thousand people, and like many other communities across Guyana, it has its fair share of successes and challenges.
My guides were reluctant to enter the mouth of the creek, even if they would not say it outright.
The freshness of the air suggests that clouds may soon unleash some rain.
Hopetown Village, West Coast Berbice is fairly quiet on a normal day, although it is known for holding grand soirees as part of its emancipation celebrations.
A mixture of ethnic groups call Patentia their home, and residents say their community is harmonious, and they participate in each other’s religious observances.
As commerce threatens to overwhelm areas available for development, residents of the major communities in the Mabaruma Sub-Region in Region One nevertheless remain optimistic about what the future holds for life there.
Easy-going, independent and hospitable are only some of the words used by Leguan residents
Nothing stirs within the thatched houses that occasionally crack the forested monotony along the upper Pomeroon River.
For some people, living away from the capital may present a challenge but for the residents of Kuru Kururu, they are satisfied with life in their community and regard it as “a peaceful place to live where everyone gets along with one another.” Kuru Kururu is located along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway and boasts infrastructure which may be the envy of some urban communities.