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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

6 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.

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.

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

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!!!!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LKNT is dedicated to serving their community, through the art of dance and general commitment to enriching the lives they touch. I've not know a group more giving of their individual and collective time and talent. I've known them for many years and could not be more proud of their achievements and longevity, professionally and personally.

5 Ballet J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LKNT, is one of the best organization I have ever volunteered with. I started volunteering, training and working with Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe for over 25 years and the experience has been most rewarding. The work they are doing changes lives and communities.