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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Dance, Performing Arts Centers

Mission: Our Mission is to ensure at-risk youth and there families have access to cultural arts programs.

Target demographics: keep the arts and culture alive

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 15,000 youth and adults, with free dance, music and cultural projects as well as with the creation of several community gardens.

Geographic areas served: Houston, TX & New Orleans, LA

Programs: arts & educational programs, workshops, live cultural arts performances, folk art projects, community gardening and cultural exchange programs.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Munirah O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe is the first professional dance company with which I danced in the 1980's. The experience pushed me past the level I ever pushed myself and I am certainly better for it. The company was very professional. I'll never forget the discipline and energy that Sis. Rfuaw had then and still has and how I so much wanted to be like her! I still know what my body can do, and am grateful for the experience. Sis. Rfuaw and Queen Mother Suma are my forever family.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe, was my very first experience with dance and culture. It was a life changing experience. Everything they have ever taught me is still in my heart today. The African culture I learn while attending classes and as a performer really helped me to be the person I am today. I am going to participate in upcoming community projects and preparing to audition to be apart of the dance company. Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe is a really great organization to be a part of.

5 Ayobunmi C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've danced with Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe several times throughout my 45 year and I have truly enjoyed the knowledge and energy shared by Rfuaw, the Instructor. She is one of the few Master Dance American teachers born here in the United States. She teaches African dance as well as drumming and her son was a Master drummer at a young age .I've seen many African dance instructors throughout my life but very very few can come close to her knowledge.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

I took a class and enjoyed myself so much I set up a workshop for my Women's Day Program. The Women enjoyed the workshop so much we then set up a community exercise class for six weeks. We cannot afford to pay what it is worth and the value that you get from Laini Kuumba/Sis Rfuaw.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Laini Kuumba is an organization that does good and ethical work in the New Orleans community, particularly those that have been disenfranchised in certain ways. They support the community by providing space for healing and comfort. As an organization, they do not just work as a typical non-profit because many regard Laini Kuumba as family. They truly exemplify unity and upliftment to oppressed people.

6 talkingitupshow

Board Member

Rating: 5

Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe has played an active role in the positive development of many communities in Louisiana & Texas. The programming and community out reach has benefited people from new born to our seniors. For years this organization provides after school programs for public school students as well as teach home school from pre-k to 6th grades.

Additionally, Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe provides meal for the homeless and underserved communities of the greater New Orleans area.

Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe is a beacon of light on this sometimes dark world.

Arlean J. Edwards, CEO/President
The Talking It Up Show, Inc

6 Imgi S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a forty-eight years practitioner of the martial arts... Lani Kuumba Ngoma Troupe of New Orleans, Louisiana help transcend and enlighten my skills, insight, knowledge as well that of my students. They connected the dots culturally and spiritually that have taken my heart my love my health and my life to greater distant heights that I never thought was possible or attainable. If you are serious about getting to know and understand that man or woman in the mirror, Lani Kuumba Ngoma Troupe is the answer, they are the solution... As always I wish them beautiful sunrises and sunsets, to continuously illuminate their path and inspire their life journey...
Attest:
Imgi Mustafa Salahuddin

6 Karen-kaia L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe has played an active role in the positive development of many communites. They're programming and community out reach has benifitted people from 1 day old to 110 years old. They're service has been the " cup of chicken soup" to many underserved people.

6 Nyla R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is a great asset to Louisiana. I check their Facebook page often to keep myself informed and educated. The work they do is priceless!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Laini Kuumba Ngoupe Troupe, is a well established organization. It gives genuine support and concern to the New Orleans Arts community. There is no discrimination of anyone, all are welcomed. I have been volunteering with them for over an year and I Love it! I had no experience with dance nor gardening but with music and was willing to help any way I could. The staff were very excited for me to share my talents and experiences with Laini Kuumba Ngoupe Troupe. LKNT IS THE BEST!! WHO DAT!!!!