Here are the first two paragraphs from a document dated 2002.
“This region is about 300km from the coast, near the Cote d’Ivoire border (…). The population, about 40 000, call themselves the Dega in their own language (which has only recently been put into writing by Wycliffe). Many also speak the national language, Twi, in which they are called Mo. The two names are often run together to form “MoDega”. There seems to have been little attention to the area by the state or outside agencies.
The land is of savannah type, not very fertile. There are around 45 villages, with mainly mud-brick thatched houses, no electricity, and only some with a well or water-catchment reservoir. The people are mostly subsistence farmers, growing yams, cassava, maize, shea nuts, etc. There is also river fishing, animal husbandry (goats, some pigs and cattle), and traditional crafts such as pottery and weaving. Many families rely on support from members working elsewhere. There is widespread malnutrition and high (15%) infant mortablity, with some incidence of HIV/AIDS.”
The Deg Child Foundation was created as a result of the tireless work of concerned Ghanaians residing in that area, who wished to help as many orphans as possible, arranging care, sponsorship and vocational training. Letters of appreciation show what a difference their help made. In 2001-2 GSA sent a substantial donation to the Deg Child Foundation.