Thank you very much for continuing to support JAEP set up in memory of Revd Canon Dr John Aves. John, was living and volunteering in Dheisheh, one of three Palestinian refugee camps in Bethlehem at the time of his sudden death in January 2004. The refugee camps were established in 1948, when Palestinians either fled or were expelled from their homes following the Arab-Israeli War. For ten years the people lived in tents, in 1958 the United Nations started to replace these with concrete dwellings.
Just the day before he died, John wrote that he was returning with hope because of his experiences in Dheisheh where the people are determined to place their hopes in educating their children To make this hope a reality, family and friends set up the John Aves Educational Project (JAEP), which to date has raised over £106,000 which has enabled them to financially support, twenty-two young people to gain an undergraduate degree. Donations are received from individuals and organisations. Bishop Graham is our patron.
In August 2016 we interviewed eight prospective students and we have been able to provide financial support to five of them until they graduate. They are studying nursing, dentistry, medicine and pharmacy. In total we are now supporting fifteen students, all of whom live in Dhiesheh refugee camp and study for undergraduate degrees at Al Quds University.
Profits from the sale of Christmas cards in 2015 funded one young person for one year of undergraduate study. We have new designs this year, donated by a friend of the project. Cards are now available for sale from The Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card Shop, at Unit 9, The Royal Arcade, Norwich and at Norwich Cathedral Gift Shop
This year we have forged a link with the Quakers in Norwich, and Peter Varney has joined our project team. Anne regularly gives talks to local groups about the work of the project. If you would like to book at talk please contact [email protected]
Liz Magem, Project Secretary