This mission was almost three years in preparation and endured two cancellations, but we persisted and it was worth the wait. It was a risky undertaking: teaching the nomads to build??? Nomads don’t have houses! I have always known that nomads wanted and needed structures to store their things while they are on migration, but since we have built the TAMESNA CENTER FOR NOMADIC LIFE, we have needed several structures used by the whole community in order to provide the ongoing services and educational programs. Waiting until there was enough money to pay someone to come all the way out to TAMESNA from the city usually meant the structures just got postponed. Wouldn’t it be great if the nomads could build their own structures? Then through Rotary Club and our board member Kay Bliss I visited the newly built offices of Uncommon Good in Claremont. These were built using bags of earth stacked with barbed wire between rows, a process fairly simple to teach, very solid and inexpensive as the main building material is the soil from the building site, using no wood–a very scarce resource in Niger. So with the idea of preserving the environment, bringing a new skill set to nomads, and getting new community buildings: a boys dorm, girls dorm and teacher’s residence for the Tamesna boarding school we forged ahead. James Golub and Fox McBride were the builders at UNCOMMON GOOD and we started talking. Three years later, they arrived in Niger to teach this method to nomads with the very ambitious goal of constructing three buildings in three weeks–teaching all the way.