Our Mission

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The John Aves Educational Project seeks to empower disadvantaged young people to fulfil their potential through educational achievement in order for them to better serve their community.


JAEP has raised over £100,000 since forming in January 2007

John Aves August 2003

JAEP has reached an important milestone, raising over £100,000 and financially supporting seventeen young people to study for a degree, since its creation in January 2007. 


Huge thanks to all our many loyal supporters. Special thanks to two extremely generous donations of £15,000 and £10,000.

Continued thanks to all who support us with a standing order, this enables us to plan further ahead. Standing order donations, including gift aid have raised more than £19900 and enabled us to financially support five of our seventeen young people.


JAEP receives a £10,000 donation

JAEP are thrilled to announce that we have received an extrememly generous donation of £10,000.

This donation will also be used to financially support a young person from Dheisheh to study for a degree in medicine at Al Quds University.

The duration of the course is six years.

With huge thanks to our extremely generous donors.

Blank cards for sale at Norwich Cathedral Shop and Christmas cards 2015

JAEP christmas card

We are pleased to announce that Norwich Cathedral are selling JAEP notelets £2.50 for a pack of 5.

The inside has been left blank for your own message.


Thank you for supporting the sale of JAEP Christmas Cards.

We are pleased to report that the cards made a profit of £909. This will enable us to fund one young person from Dheisheh for one year of study. 



Our Approach

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With the support of our Patron, Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, the project continues exploring opportunities to develop its work and outreach. We provide scholarships to bright and disadvantaged young people to fulfill their potential and continue their education in their own communities. - The Project works with universities in the Holy Land to identify deserving students from Dheisheh Refugee Camp capable of making a positive impact. - We continue to develop our links with other communities in the Holy Land to ensure we identify the most appropriate students.

Aysar's Story (one of our current links with IBDAA and a student with John in 2003)

April 2013, November 2014 at Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem and Al Quds University in East Jerusalem