Domestic Help: Cook/Nanny/Housekeeper – Silvie Samb

I would like to recommend our previous nanny/housekeeper and cook, Silvie Samb (we have left Dakar in 2016). Silvie worked for us from December 2014 – August 2016. After that, she continued working for another Embassy family. Silvie was highly recommended by a previous Embassy family who is still in close contact with her.

Silvie was absolutely fantastic with taking care of our son (6 years old when we left). She also fulfilled the role of a housekeeper and cooked a few times per week. Our son was often invited to Silvie’s house, and he loved spending time with her family and learning about her culture. We know that Silvie really treated our son as her own and he has learned a lot from her.

Silvie knows French cuisine well, cooks the typical dishes (lasagna, quiche, enchilada, spring rolls, paella, beef stew, chicken, etc.) and makes various seafood and fish dishes. She can make fresh juices (bissap, ginger, passion fruit, tamarind, baobab), fruit sauces, fresh peanut butter, etc.  Silvie makes all the market trips for food shopping. We had freshly-cut fruit in the fridge at all times. She was able to get Swiss-chard and tofu, which were hard to find in Dakar!

For housekeeping, Silvie was in charge of the usual chores, to include vegetable cleaning, ironing, and laundry. She was able to fulfill all her housekeeping work for a large space, while taking care of other tasks.

Silvie has limited understanding of English, but we preferred to push ourselves and communicate in French with her. Having a French speaking house-helper encouraged us to improve our language abilities without stress. She is super patient, and we were able to communicate easily with her even when our struggle to find housecleaning/cooking French terms turned into hand gestures. Our son had no French initially, but Silvie sang and told stories in French to him every morning. He left Senegal with great French – we strongly feel that this was due to Silvie’s influence and engagement with him. Silvie understands when we communicate in English with our son.

Please contact her directly at sivasamb4@gmail.com. Should you have any questions about considering Silvie for employment, I am available at ledi.bushati@gmail.com.

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Domestic Help: Housekeeper/Cook/Nanny – Martha Dongue

 

To Whom It May Concern, 

We are writing this letter to recommend Martha Merline Tchodjui Dongue, who worked as a housekeeper and cook at our home while we were posted in Dakar.  Merline reads, writes and speaks English extremely well. Over the last five years, she has taken food preparation courses offered at the U.S. Embassy, and actively utilizes those skills while preparing meals for our family. Merline performed most grocery shopping for our family and managed everything in the home while we were away to include the gardener and repairs to the home. It was a blessing for us to have Merline come work with us, and we will miss everything she did for our family while we were in Dakar.

Merline possesses a friendly personality and strives for completing her tasks on time. She is a very thoughtful person who took care our pets several times while were out of town, always ensuring that they had everything they needed.  She has the physical stamina to perform all of her tasks cautiously and attentively. She follows instructions, remains loyal to her work, and is always eager to improve herself.  Having become a mother herself this past year, Merline has a calm demeanor and is very patient with children.  She was able to meet the needs of her daughter while completing all of her tasks efficiently and on time.  She manages her time very well.

We sincerely encourage you to hire Merline as your housekeeper/cook. Rest assured that she will do an excellent job.  

We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. If you have any queries about her, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Please contact Merline directly
76 902 4763 or 77 176 5850
merlinetc@yahoo.fr
For further information, contact CLO

Best Regards,

Lane Family

 

Domestic Help: Part-time Housekeeper – Genevieve Badji

Genevieve Badji is available for part-time work 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday). She has been an excellent help in my household. She shops for groceries and cooks for me, cleans the house, and cares for two friendly felines. She was previously employed by French diplomats so she seems to know both Senegalese and French recipes. She speaks Wolof and French. During her employment interview, she also mentioned that she also has experience caring for children and a larger dog. She regularly goes above and beyond to keep things clean and tidy in my household, and I know she will provide someone else the same level of assistance.

Please contact Genevieve regarding part-time work opportunities at: +221 77 721 5737. You are also welcome to contact me with further questions at: melody.j.maxwell@gmail.com

Domestic Help: Marietou Sow – Excellent Housekeeper/Cook/Nanny available part-time!

Marietou Sow – Excellent housekeeper/cook/nanny available part-time!

Marietou has been working with my American friend for two years and she is an amazing housekeeper and cook, and has worked as a nanny as well for other families. She is available for 3-4 days a week. She cleans meticulously, cooks Senegalese and Western dishes (for example she makes amazing lasagna, quiche, tzatziki, quinoa, chicken tenders, even Chinese mapo tofu…she learns quickly) and does meal prep, and importantly is great at taking initiative and communicating. She will oversee handymen and service providers, take deliveries, go grocery shopping or errand running, etc., and takes careful account of the money she manages. She has also been a huge help on weekends with dinner parties and other tasks (for overtime pay).

Marietou has cared for children from infant to teenage age, done school pick-up, and worked as a nanny. She has worked with a number of expat and Senegalese families over the years, and is very professional. Marietou speaks French and Wolof. I am so glad to work with her and recommend her very, very highly. Please reach out to her (777653253 or 764897709) directly, or feel free to reach out to Tracy for a reference (786383008, Whatsapp or cell).

Dosmestic Help: Housekeeper-Ama Diallo

Ama has been taking care of my apartment since July 2016. She takes care of the place independently, from cleaning, ironing, laundry, etc. She is a great housekeeper and comes highly recommended by me.

Ama is a great worker, never calls in sick, is very respectful and is punctual. She is also very friendly, flexible, and easy going. She speaks French only but we still communicate fine with my limited French. I would highly recommend Ama to anyone that needs a great housekeeper for a reasonable price. Ama works for me 3 mornings a week and she would like to pick up additional clients to fill in the gaps. I would like to find a good job for her.

Please contact Ed Wirz at e_wirz@comcast.net for any further information.

 

Domestic Help: Nanny/Cook – Susanne Gueye

Susanne has worked with our family as a nanny and cook for four years. Her joyful spirit is evident from the first encounter. She is great about creating games to play with our kids aged 7 and 9 years. They both respect her and enjoy her company. Susanne is good-natured and always willing to go the extra mile to complete her task. She has worked with USG families for many years and has taken first aid and fire safety classes at the embassy. She speaks French and Wolof. Her specialty dishes are Senegalese cuisine but she also makes simple western dishes and is very willing to learn more. Please contact her directly on +221775716651

Domestic Help: Housekeeper/ Cook- Rose Bassene

Available 2 Days/Week as of Late August 2018

Language – Rose speaks, comprehends, reads, and writes French, and speaks, reads, and comprehends Wolof. Rose is organized and low maintenance, so she has also been able to work for families with no French language skills after a one-time translation on what duties the family would like performed.

Experience – Rose worked for at least four American families, and is only available two days per week because she still works with other Americans. Rose has an RSO clearance through the U.S. Embassy.

Low Maintenance – Rose is super low maintenance! I work long hours and rarely get to interact with her. We put systems in place to leave grocery money, provide receipts, sign for her monthly salary to confirm she received it, and Whatsapp message me photos of the recipes she prepared for the day with nutritional values! She learns/adapts quickly and will have no problem providing what you need.

Grocery Shopping – Rose reads French, so leave her a list of things you want, like, or need, and she will pick them up. Rose is responsible with money, so after running errands she will return with change and receipts for purchases.

Prepare/Clean foods – Rose knows how to prepare and clean foods for safe consumption.

Cooking – Rose is a bit of a “jack of all trades” but I’ve particularly enjoyed her cooking. While she can cook traditional Senegalese meals, Rose also reads French, so upon providing her with a couple of French cook books that were in line with a specific health diet I wanted to follow, Rose adapted to cooking the healthy meals I preferred, and they were excellent! Provide her with any cook book or diet you want, and if the ingredients are here Rose will follow it.

Cleaning – Roses’ cleaning skills are great! We held no discussion/training and she simply went to work. She does all the vacuuming, mopping, dusting, making beds, organizing there is to do in the home.

Laundry – I leave my laundry in one place and Rose does the Washing/Drying, then folds clothing and places them in the correct drawers, irons and creases dress shirts and pants, shines shoes and boots, and steam cleans suits or takes them to the dry cleaner if needed.

Plant/Garden Care – Rose has cared for both my indoor and outdoor plants, sought special treatments from the local gardeners when required, and did planting and re-potting.

Dish Washing – Leave the dishes and Rose will clean/dry and place them back in their originals location.

Running errands – Leave a list of chores/errands in French and Rose will complete them.

Pets/Children  – Rose’s previous American family had both pets and children so she has experience with both!

For more information please contact Nick at nickn34@yahoo.com