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 financially supported twenty two young people since its formation in 2007

Amal and pals
Marwa, Rasha, Nihal,Amal & me IBDAA

It is very pleasing to report that JAEP has financially supported twenty two young people to gain an undergraduate degree. Also pleasing to report is that over £106,000 has been donated from individuals and organisations. More information can be found under the projects tab

JAEP financially supports five more young people from Dheisheh Camp

Dheisheh Camp
Al Quds University

JAEP has offered scholarships to five more young people from Dheisheh Camp:

Laith in his second year of a four year nursing degree. Laith has four siblings, two of whom are disabled. His father died four years ago. He works as a casual labourer to fund some of his studies

Nada is also in her second year of a nursing degree. She is married with two children. She feels nursing is important because of the number of injuries sustained by the Palestinian people

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.


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