Monday, May 18, 2009

A Wedding in Ghana

This post was contributed by Anita Gillispie, AAI's Ghana Program Coordinator. Contact Anita by clicking here.

On May 2, 2009 Muna Saeed, our Program Administrator in Ghana, was married. The day was long-anticipated at Eban House! Each staff member at the home was involved in some way. Our Adoption Coordinator, Joha, acted as chauffeur for the Bride and Groom. Our regular driver, Daniel, transported all of the children and staff back and forth in the AAI van. Other staff helped with the food and with child care. Grace, an AAI adoptive parent who attended the wedding said, "For days before, the children were having 'rehearsals' to blow bubbles and for holding the canes." All of Eban House's 36 children participated in the 3 hour long wedding.

(photo: Eban house children waiting patiently for the festivities)

AAI Ghana families also participated in a small way. Months before the big day, adoptive families came together to provide some of the decorations and favors used in the wedding. Wedding bubbles, mini battery operated fans, batteries, invitations, and the signature book were all gifts from the AAI Ghana "family." Even the wedding rings were purchased here in America! Families took turns carrying the items over when they traveled to Ghana. It was a small way that our families chose to show appreciation towards Muna, who has always taken such care with each adoption process.

Only our Ghanaian staff, the children, and one adoptive parent were able to represent AAI at the wedding. Many more wish they could have attended. Grace summed up the wedding by saying, "The sight I wish I could've captured on my camera was the van arriving at the wedding with over 30 children, several staff, plus the wedding cake! It was also a lot of fun to see the Eban House staff and children enjoying themselves and dancing together at the reception."

(photo: Eban House children dance up a storm!)
We wish Muna a long and fruitful marriage, and we welcome her husband Joe into our extended AAI family!
Read more about our Ghana program at this link.


  1. Congratulations to Muna! It was so fun to see pictures of her wedding and I think it would have been amazing to be there. I wish her the best and think it is wonderful that she included the whole Eban House in the festivities!!

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