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 June 2018 we have raised over £145,000 and funded 26 young people which has enabled them to achieve an undergraduate degree.

News

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!

Diocese of Norwich pilgrimage groups visits Dheisheh on 2 February and 16 March 2018

A street in Dheisheh

Were pleased to report the following.

The 2018 pilgrimage group lead by Bishop Graham went to Dheisheh on the Feast of Candlemas, 2 February. (The 2017 pilgrimage group also visited Dheisheh) 

JAEP trustees returned to Dheisheh and Al Quds University

A street in Dheisheh
Al Quds University

Anne Aves (JAEP Chair)has just returned from her seventh visit to Dheisheh from 28 October to 7 November 2017. Joining her were another trustee, a member of Norwich Cathedral, and a JAEP benefactor. The purpose of our visit was to spend time with JAEP students, their families and the teaching staff at Al Quds University. We divided our time between Dheisheh and the university. At the university the group joined the young people for some of their classes, spoke to their tutors and reviewed their assessed work.

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