Heather Haynes: Wall of Courage

  • The Seaside Institute 168 Smolian Circle Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459 United States

The Seaside Institute and Anne Hunter Galleries Present: 
Heather Haynes: Wall of Courage

On Saturday, April 29, please join us from 5PM – 9PM at the Seaside Institute to view the WALL OF COURAGE by artist Heather Haynes, benefiting NDOTO.

About the Artist:

For 3 years, Heather Haynes worked to create Wall of Courage, a monolithic installation depicting 80 orphaned Congolese children. This flagship piece of Haynes’ art is the culmination of 20 plus years on a creative journey that has taken her to the some of the world’s most grim and turbulent places. Faced with a life changing decision to turn a blind eye or look straight into the face of tragedy, Heather found her courage, turned to the sky and pleaded with the universe, “Use me.”  From that day forward Heather has been using innate gifts of compassion and artistic ability to try to create a positive change in the world of some of the most vulnerable people on our planet.  Alongside the creation of the art, Heather has been instrumental in a community empowerment project in Goma that includes a home for orphans, a women’s training center, an agriculture project and a new school.  The unique aspect of this community project is that it incorporates safe, easy access and walkability for the Congolese tenants, some of the key design elements of new urbanism.

About One Ndoto:

Shay Bell worked on 30-A for over 10 years, serving as General Manager of Fish Out of Water and the Private Beach Club at WaterSound for St. Joe Company. In January of 2011 she visited the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania for the first time as a volunteer to teach English, her life would never be the same. Later that year she founded One Ndoto Inc. (One Dream), a registered non profit organization to help the locals and invest in sustainable projects.

In 2012, Shay resigned her position with St. Joe, sold all of her belongings and followed her passion. She left the comfort and security of her job, family and fiance and moved to Tanzania full time. In December of 2013, along with co-founder, Heather Haynes we opened the Pamoja Tunaweza Boys & Girls Club, Pamoja Tunaweza means Together We Can. Together we believe we can transform the community and help the areas most vulnerable youth. In three short years we have developed a street youth program to educate and motivate youth living on the streets to become active members society and to assist with living sustainably. We have also opened a workshop that employs 9 youth from our program that produce our signature product whereas 100% of the proceeds go to supporting them. This past year we took over a large B&B down the road from the center to welcome our guests from around the world. The B&B is a social enterprise and an extension of our Club. We are employing 6 local team members and training them in all aspects of hospitality. Our profits form the B&B go directly to support our project in Tanzania as well as the DRCongo.

Our Club is operated by 7 local leaders, 5 of whom were former street youth that were able to turn their lives around and are committed to giving back to the community that served them. Our leaders make all of the decisions for the Club as they have the knowledge and understanding needed to make our members thrive. Shay oversees transparency of all incoming funds and assists with training of the leaders and believes that together we can dream that when worlds collide –  anything is possible.