Kate Henshaw became actively involved in the life of baby Micheal Alvez, a 2-year-old boy with a ulcerous growth on his face, after she was tagged on social media about his condition last year.
She located the boy and his mother, who had been using him to raise alms at Onikan area of Lagos. After she stepped in, she made sure Micheal was admitted to LUTH, involved an NGO, Project Alert on Violence Against Women, and the Lagos State Government, and also started a fundraising campaign for him.
Sadly, the rescuers and Michael’s family started to disagree over the welfare of the child. Following that, Kate Henshaw agreed with the NGO to return the money to the donors.
In a chat with PUNCH, the Chief Executive Officer of Project Alert, Mrs. Josephine Effah-Chukuwma, said, helping Micheal’s family had been emotional and frustrating because they have been uncooperative, greedy and antagonising.
“ Why is the family more interested in the money than the health of the boy? Why would Sidi, on behalf of the family, tell the government and the rescuers to back off, and then turn around to enquire about the money through her lawyers?
“The rescuers have with heavy hearts – considering that a sick child is involved – decided to refund the balance of the money raised to all those who were kind enough to donate to the fund since the family has rejected our assistance.
“As an organisation, Project Alert believes in transparency and accountability. In the last one year, we raised a total sum of N9.8m to help Michael, and spent N1.8m. The account has been duly audited by an audit firm– Bamisile and Co. Since the family has asked us to withdraw, we believe it is right that we inform the public and refund the money to those who donated it.” she said
Kate Henshaw also explained that she had received threat messages and curses on her children over the case.
In the videos below has asked donors to immediately stop donating into Micheal’s fundraising account, and has given instructions on how donors can get back their money back.
Part 1: From the Just concluded press conference on the Medical Intervention for Baby Michael in the past ONE YEAR PLUS I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to EVERYONE who gave. May God reward your labour of love. The good you have sown will return a hundred fold. I thank you for trusting me and answering when I called on your help.. ………….. PLEASE STOP IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF MONIES INTO THAT ACCOUNT AS WE WILL BE MAKING REFUNDS TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. …………….. I will put out the modalities in my next video. I WILL NOT HAVE MY NAME AND INTEGRITY SMEARED BY THE GREED OF ANYONE.. …………………….. Thank you and God bless Cc @ProjectalertVaw @josephineeffah
A FACEBOOK PAGE WITH THE NAME : ALVEZ MICHAEL HAS BEEN OPENED! PLS TAKE NOTE THAT NEITHER PROJECT ALERT OR KATE HENSHAW HAS ANY ASSOCIATION WITH IT!! WE NEVER OPENED A FACEBOOK PAGE BEFORE NOW.. ……………………………… We are giving a window of 2 MONTHS for all who would like a refund to contact @ProjectalertVaw, @josephine_effah_chukwuma with evidence of payment. ………………………………. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE TO GOFUNDME DONORS and I who also donated.. those monies were used to offset his immediate medical needs. ………………………….. However, from 20k donations upwards you will receive a 50% refund. From 19k downwards will receive 100% refund of your monies donated.. My friends who donated through me please be in touch. Thank you… Cc @ProjectalertVaw @josephineeffah
Part 3 This is my last post for the day.. If I say my heart is not pained, I would be lying! I have a daughter and I know the pain I would feel if she was in the condition Baby Michael was.. Sadly greed and avarice took over.. Insults to my daughter, Josephine of Project Alert and her family and I is what we have endured but let God alone be the impartial judge.. ……………………. Please get in touch with Project Alert or I, uf you require your Refund. Anyone who donated through me and would not want their money back please still get in touch.. I intend to support the work @ProjectalertVaw is doing to help abused women and children.. You have a window of 2 MONTHS to reach out with proof of payment. AGAIN I AM GRATEFUL TO PROJECT ALERT, JOSEPHINE EFFAH-CHUKWUMA FOR BEING CREDIBLE AND TRANSPARENT AND TO ALL OF YOU WHO HEARD MY CRY FOR HELP AND DONATED!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL.. Cc @ProjectalertVaw @josephineeffah