Norwich charity appeal helps Palestinian students
A Norwich educational charity, set up in memory of a Norwich Anglican priest, to support students from a Palestinian refugee camp, is inviting people to support its Christmas appeal – to be launched on November 29.
The John Aves Education Project (JAEP) financially supports young people from Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem to study for an undergraduate degree at their local universities.
JAEP was set up in memory of Rev Canon Dr John Aves, an Anglican priest in the Norwich Diocese, who was living and volunteering in Dheisheh at the time of his unexpected death in January 2004. To date it has financially supported over 74 young people to study for an undergraduate degree and raised over £460,000.
The charity will launch its Big Give Christmas Challenge Campaign on Tuesday November 29, from 6pm – 8pm at the United Reformed Church, Ipswich Road, Norwich, NR4 6QR.
JAEP Secretary, Liz Magem, said: “We are delighted to report that JAEP was successful in the first stage of the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we received £1000 in pledges by September 4, and this was matched by a donation of £1000 from the Friends of The Reed Foundation.
“At the November event we will launch the next stage of the Christmas Challenge and aim to raise £2000 online in the week commencing November 29. If this is achieved, JAEP will have raised a total of £4000.”
November 29 to December 6, donations can be made at: Funding Palestinian refugees undergraduate study (thebiggive.org.uk) and any donations will be match-funded.
During the launch evening, guests will hear more about JAEP students and its future plans, watch ‘Ambience’, a Cannes prize-winning film about Dheisheh refugee camp, and enjoy Middle Eastern light refreshments.
To reserve a ticket please RSVP by November 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07976 040971.Tickets are £10 per person.
Pictured above is Aseel a recent JAEP-assisted Midwifery student who is now volunteering as a midwife in Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem and hopes to find a job there.