Domestic Help: Veronique Yande: Cook/ Nanny

Following our move back to the US after 4 years in Senegal, we seek to help our nanny/housekeeper/cook find work with a good family. Véronique Yandé Faye worked for us for nearly 4 years, during which time she was a nanny to 3 kids (baby to 7 year old), who grew very attached to her, and she to them. She genuinely enjoys being with young children, and has proven to be gentle, caring, and able to play and entertain them (without screen time!) for hours on end. Veronique also happens to be an excellent cook; possibly her favorite activity after caring for the kids. Unlike many others we dealt with locally, she takes the time to learn and try new things, including of her own initiative, and is able to communicate a meal plan for the week, and plan effectively to minimize time wasted on last-minute errands. Véronique can cook a fairly broad diversity of food, beyond just Senegalese dishes. We spent significant time getting her to understand American/Western eating habits, as they may differ from local habits, including a significant reduction in the use of oil, fats, salt, overly salty seasoning cubes, sugar/sweets, and our emphasis on vegetables, including salads, fruits, balanced diets, etc, especially for the kids. She now makes terrific salads and a broad variety of vegetable side dishes, both raw and cooked. Véronique also really enjoys baking (again, not common in Senegal), and so makes a great cook not just for daily family meals, but also for any family that hosts receptions on a regular basis. We often “loaned” Véronique to friends in the expat community who requested her assistance with dinner parties or large receptions, with which she was always happy to assist. Finally, after several failed attempts at finding other people we liked and found trustworthy to work as housekeeper, we tasked Véronique with all housekeeping work, which was made easier when all the kids were in school. Whenever the burden was too much, she called on one of her aunts, Yandé, who we paid by the day to assist her with housekeeping, including with time-consuming house chores such as ironing, or to assist whenever we hosted receptions. For what it’s worth, we and the kids always enjoyed having her aunt, Yandé, around. Veronique proved to be reliable, trustworthy, honest, and generally discreet. In terms of her personal background info, Veronique is Catholic, unmarried, has a teen-aged son, and speaks French and Wolof. We will be happy to speak to anyone considering hiring her. Her contact information and ours are provided below:

Véronique Faye +221 77 402 9293

Stéphane Le Bouder and Monica Lee +1 240 888 0440

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