Our Objects

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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. From 2007 to July 2018 we have raised over £146,000 and funded 26 young people which has enabled them to achieve an undergraduate degree.

News

Since January 2007 JAEP has raised £146,134

Since January 2007 JAEP has raised £146,134 and to date has funded 26 young people, 19 girls and 7 boys to study for an undergraduate degree. We fund young people from Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem to study for an undergraduate degree at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem.
From September 2018 we will be funding another 5 girls, taking our total to 31 young people.

Young people linked to JAEP visit Dheisheh in May & June 2018

A member of the Aves family visited Dheisheh in May. This was followed in June by a young member of Aylsham Quaker meeting in Norfolk.

Very encouraging that to date in 2018 over one hundred people linked to JAEP have spent time in Dheisheh.

JAEP success with funding from Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW)

JAEP has been successful in securing £15,000 (£5000 per year for three year) funding from QPSW. We received the first £5000 in May 2017 and second £5000 in May 2018. We're thrilled, this level of funding enables us to fund more young people from Dheisheh to study for an undergraduate degree at Al Quds University.

Our project has featured in the most recent Quaker News, see page 11!

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

Student Videos