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 2017 we have raised over £126,000 and funded 22 young people which has enabled them to achieve an undergraduate degree.


JAEP total raised upto September 2017

£128,495 has been raised upto the end of September 2017. Huge thanks to all our many supporters!

JAEP has been successful in funding applications!

JAEP is thrilled to announce that they have been awarded two significant grants:

Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) has awarded JAEP £15,000 broken down as £5000 for 2017, 2018, 2019. 

Cuthbert -MacLean Foundation has awarded JAEP £4610 to fund a four year midwifery undergraduate degree

19 May celebration of the 10th anniversary of JAEP at Norwich Cathedral 19 May 2017

Dheisheh Camp
John and Jijad

19 May saw almost 100 people (JAEP supporters and 2017 Diocesan pilgrims) gather at Norwich Cathedral to celebrate the 10th anniversary of JAEP. Bishop Graham our patron spoke about the project during the service. Followed by supper in the refectory and presentations in The Weston Room. Beginning with a film about the background to and impact of The Balfour Declaration on 2 November 1917.

Our Approach

Olive Branch JAEP logo

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