Our Mission

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The John Aves Education Project seeks the advancement of education for the public benefit by offering undergraduate grants to the disadvantaged young people from Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp and its vicinity in Bethlehem who demonstrate academic and community achievements but whose financial and social situation hinders them from pursuing undergraduate study within Palestinian universities.


A date for your diary 19 May 2017

We would like to invite you to join us for 5.30pm evensong at Norwich Cathedral on 19 May. This will be followed by a reception in the Hostry Weston room

Bishop Graham our patron will be joining us.  The evensong will celebrate the 10th anniversary of JAEP and also raising over £100,000. Total in January 2017 £109,607

JAEP becomes an independent charity

We are thrilled to announce that on 28 November 2016 JAEP became an independent charity. Our charity number is 1170414. We will of course still be able to claim gift aid on all applicable donations.

We are very appreciatiative of all the help and support we have received from YMCA Norfolk since JAEP began in January 2007. We have held a bank account within YMCA Norfolk since we began, this has enabled us to claim over £15,000 in gift aid since 2007

Christmas 2016 card sales

Little Donkey

The sale of Christmas cards in 2016 raised over £800. Huge thanks to all our supporters who bought cards. We sold over 4440 cards, all of which really helps to raise the profile of JAEP.

£800 almost funds one young person to attend Al Quds University for one year

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