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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


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.

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 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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe's dance classes when I was very young age 3 to be exact and lost contact with them after Hurricane Katrina. They helped me to change my life from worst to better. I recently reconnected with them.. I am hoping to start dancing with them in 2014. I love them..