Tab Barker

Why is Tab Barker living in a teepee?

By living simply—look where he sleeps—and devoting his life to others, Tab Barker has built seven schoolhouses and three water systems in Nicaragua, and he doesn’t plan on stopping soon.

Every night when he’s Austin, Thomas “Tab” Barker sleeps in a teepee in the backyard of his home. It’s a magical ritual for the founder of Project Schoolhouse, which builds elementary schools and clean water systems in rural Nicaraguan communities.

“Sleeping in a teepee connects you to things you don’t understand, and you don’t understand why you feel connected to them, but it feels good,” says Barker, 40, a native of Wyoming who moved to Austin 12 years ago on a musical whim. (more…)

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