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Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe

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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!!!!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I was driving down the street in New Orleans one day and ran into this young lady working in a community garden. She had over 40 kids working with her. I asked if I could do anything to help and the young lady say what kind of help ma'am. I then said how can I make a monetary donation, the young lady Rah was so humble that I have become a active participate. I love how she works with the children.

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.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

The LKNT organization is one of the most truthful, giving & progressive arts organizations I have come in contact with. I have personally enjoyed the work they do for the community for many many years. I started off taking dance classes with them at St. Mark's Community Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in the early 80's to mid 90's, have been a supporter ever since. Now I love volunteering with them whenever time permits. They are what I call a living breathing cultural incubator. I know them to be dedicated and committed to keeping arts and culture alive. They work with a limited budget and still give it all they have, so if they had funding, I can't imagine the miracles they would work.

6 Zabrina R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LKNT is a great cultural group that brings a great gift to the community. Helping children to build self confidence while focusing on mind, body and spirit. LKNT Is a vital part of the much needed Arts community and without them we would be missing out on an important part of our African heritage. I have known this group since I was a teenager and as an adult I am proud that I can introduce my own kids to this wonderful experience.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i have known of the Laini Kuumba Ngma Troup for many of their 34 years of existence and I have been so impressed not only with their ability to perform, but their desire to preserve, promote and present traditional African customs, culture and traditions. Thier long history as an arts and educational organization being able to survive during hard times of the economy is a testament to their committment to providing dance, theatre, visual and performing arts to a wide spectrum of students and audiences across the United States. They are certainly worthy of major support both financial and technical.

6 Marc L.

Donor

Rating: 5

GOOD CLEAN GROUP VERY HELPFUL IN THE COMMUNITY!!!!

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LKNT is a well rounded arts and educational organization.. They truly work miracles bringing the arts to the schools and communities.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is serious about providing arts and culture to communities where other are afraid to go. LKNT to serious about educating the masses...

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

LKNT has been doing amazing work for over 35 years and will continue on, passing it down to the next generation

6 TeachingANewGeneration

Client Served

Rating: 5

I hired this dance troupe to perform and host a week long dance & drumming workshop at my school and they did an awesome job. They were very engaging and professional. I give them 10 Thumbs Up, the students are still talking about that week and singing the songs they learned. We are planning to bring them back next year.