Har­mony Week cel­e­bra­tions

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page -

MEN­TOR­ING oth­ers led to a Koon­doola woman be­ing in­vited to speak at the open­ing of an art ex­hi­bi­tion in Syd­ney for Har­mony Week.

Bella Ndayikeze (21) men­tors youth through the Ed­mund Rice Cen­tre WA (ERC) in Mirra­booka and will speak at the Har­mony Art Col­lec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing in the Dar­ling Quar­ter to­day.

Miss Ndayikeze, who works with girls with refugee back­grounds, said she took four of them to a two-day work­shop with il­lus­tra­tor Jere­myville as part of the na­tional art project and they en­cour­aged her to get in­volved too.

The re­sult was a paint­ing that sym­bol­ised how seeds of cre­ativ­ity can ig­nite knowl­edge and growth that stems from that.

Hav­ing al­ready found suc­cess as a foot­ball player and coach through ERC’s pro­grams, Miss Ndayikeze said her goals this year were more creative.

She is writ­ing a book and has restarted her mu­sic ca­reer, with plans to per­form dur­ing Na­tional Youth Week.

Miss Ndayikeze came to Perth as a refugee in 2005 and said she was also look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Bu­rundi in Oc­to­ber to visit the grand­mother she had not seen since child­hood.

Har­mony Week runs from March 15 to 21.

Bella Ndayikeze, who men­tors youth and runs a creative art pro­gram, with some of her art­work.

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