JAEP was 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 Education Project (JAEP), which to date has raised over £128,000 and from September 2017 we will have financially supported twenty-six young peopleto enable them to gain an undergraduate degree. Donations are received from individuals and organisations. Bishop Graham is our patron.
On 28 November 2016 we became an independent charity, charity number 1170414. YMCA Norfolk has been very supportive since we began JAEP in January 2007 but we have now become established and the time seemed right to gain charitable status in our own right. In 2017 we were successful in applying for and being awarded £15,000 of funding from Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW).
In September 2017 we interviewed seven prospective students and we propose to support four of the seven applicants: Areej (Pharmacy), Azhar (Nursing), Hiba (Dentistry) and Leen (Electrical Engineering). All four are female. In total we are now supporting eleven students, all of whom live in Dhiesheh refugee camp and study for undergraduate degrees at Al Quds University. To date Ipswich Road URC total donations to the project are £1859; your generosity has funded a young person for 1.75 years of study.
Profits from the sale of Christmas cards in 2016 funded one young person for one year of undergraduate study.
Anne Aves visited Dheisheh and Al Quds University from 28th October until 7th November 2017, with three supporters. Anne introducing them to the young people and their families. They stayed in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem and Al Quds University in East Jerusalem, joined students in their classes, met their tutors and spent time with the families of the students we support. The purpose of the visit was to deepen our understanding of the needs of students and to validate our support.
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] or 01603 767773