An Eastwood man who spent four months helping poor people in Kenya has written a book about his experiences.
Dean Moull, who helped a clinic get electricity and got a vehicle up and running for a feeding programme, has now written They Have Names Too in a bid to familiarise people with the similarities between ourselves and the poor in Africa.
Dean, of Cowper Road, made notes while he was out in Sagara, and put pen to paper when he got home.
“I wanted the book to be something people could enjoy instead of being about statistics and the amount of people dying during childbirth like academic text books,” he said,
“Books are never very familiar and I wanted it to be more real, featuring people I met and so on, so people could empathise.
“It’s a travel book with a conscience drawing out the similarities rather than the differences,” he added.
Dean, who has already sold 500 copies, went to Kenya as part of his Masters Degree course in Poverty and Development, which he decided to study because he wanted to help the poor and make a difference.
But when her got there he was invited to Sagara to visit the Saragan Mission and ended up staying, realising he could do more hands on than he could through academics.
“I just met some amazing people,” he said. “At the end of the day I got into it because I wanted to help people, not because I wanted letters by my name, and I thought this was a better way of doing it,” he added.
The Sagaran Mission is made up of a clinic, three schools and two chapels, where Dean worked and lived.
The 42-year-old helped teach English, helped out in the clinic and even trained a football team. He got in touch with the local MP and managed to get the clinic electricity, which meant more babies could live with the use of incubators and nurses could vaccinating patients with the use of fridges.
He also worked with the army to get a vehicle up and running for a feeding programme.
Buy a copy of They Have Names Too from Amazon or www.theyhavenamestoo.com.