Harmony Week celebrations
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.