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Kenyan Nanny Rosie: I Found a Home Away from Home


Roseline Atieno, also known as Rosie, from Siaya County, has been making waves in town lately. Her videos bidding farewell to her employer and his kids in Lebanon became a social media sensation.


Rosie, a mother of three, headed to Lebanon in October 2021, in search of better opportunities, driven by the desire to provide a good life for her kids amid a troubled marriage.

“I felt like I was home. The only difference is that they were paying me.”


“I went there to find greener pastures and give my kids a good life. At the time, my marriage wasn’t working, and I was determined to make a positive change. I was scared but prayed for a good family,” she shared.

Upon arrival, Rosie was pleasantly surprised by her new employers’ warm reception, describing her initial meeting with them at the airport as a positive experience. They, too, were content creators who frequently captured moments of her playing with their children.

“They are good people and content creators. We connected from day one,” Rosie explained. “I miss the way I used to treat their kids. Those children made my time away from my kids more bearable. I just love them so much.”

Her departure from Lebanon was an emotional experience, she shed tears as she left the children she had cared for as if they were her own.

In an interview during a meeting with Pancras Karema, CEO of Expeditions Maasai Safaris, the mother of three shed light on the reasons she was emotional.

“I cried because I had mixed feelings about meeting my kids after two years and leaving kids I had taken care of for two years who treated me like their parents.”

Back in Kenya for the Christmas holiday, Rosie expressed her feelings about the reunion with her children.

“I felt like I was home. The only difference is that they were paying me. The kids appreciate me for who I am. I will go back but have not set a date. I will work with them until the kids are a bit older.” Rosie optimistically said.

Touched by Rosie’s story, Karema extended a fully paid trip to Masai Mara for Rosie and her three kids as a token of appreciation for her commitment.

“We were deeply moved by Rozah’s story and her incredible bond with the family she serves in Lebanon. Her selflessness and love embody the spirit of compassion that we cherish at Expeditions Maasai Safaris,” said Pancras Karema.

During the award event, Rosie emotionally thanked her employers and defended them for always treating her well. Netizens from Kenya and beyond praised Rosie’s devotion and kindness, with many expressing their admiration and support.

In another development, some netizens observed that Rosie appeared sad in most of her videos from Lebanon. Despite the speculations, others defended her employers, emphasizing the positive aspects of her experience.

Rosie’s story serves as a testament to the resilience of individuals seeking better opportunities abroad and the impact of genuine human connections across borders.

When all is said and done Rosie’s bond with this caring family serves as a reminder of how humanity cuts across borders and cultures, instilling a sense of hope in the relentless pursuit of happiness.


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