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 January 2020 we have raised £327287 and funded 41 young people which has enabled them to achieve an undergraduate degree.


JAEP Trustees visit Al Quds University and Dheisheh Camp in February 2020

Students in Ibdaa

Anne Aves (Chair) and Liz Magem (Secretary) are returning to Al Quds University and Dheisheh Camp this month.
From 23 - 26 February we are spending time with JAEP current students and their staff at Al Quds University
From 27 February - 2 March we are in Dheisheh Camp to spend more time with JAEP current and past students.
When in Dheisheh we will also be spending time with JAEP students at Bethlehem University

December 2019 News

Our Christmas cards sold out!
We have sold Christmas cards for five years and have raised £6900. This amount has funded six years of study
We received donations from a number of organisations in December:
Attleborough Parish Church
Aylsham Quaker Meeting
Felbrigg Parish Church
St. John's Timberhill Norwich

Scholarships for 2019/2020 awarded


We are pleased to announce that we have awarded scholarships to:
Eight young people living in Dheisheh and studying at Al Quds University;six girls and 2 boys, the subjects are: Dentistry (1), Medicine (2) Midwifery (2) Nursing (3)
Two young people living in Dheisheh and studying at Bethlehem University; two girls, the subjects are: Accountancy and Nursing

JAEP has now funded forty one young people to gain an undergraduate degree.
We are pleased to continue our work with Al Quds University and to re-establish our link with Bethlehem University.

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