Our primary interest is aiding Christians through financing their own micro-projects that would provide them with income to preserve their dignity and alleviate the calamities of the crisis.

The team at Hope Center reviews and evaluates the projects and the extent to which the applicant has planned for his/her idea. If accepted, the center starts providing funds for the project to initiate.

Besides aiding Christians in need, this initiative aims for reviving the city of Aleppo that has lost most of its economic structure.


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One of the many downsides to living in a country struck by war is the financial instability, a lot of people lost their livelihood because of destruction, others had to change the course of their careers and flip from one domain to another and that what happened to Norayr.

Norayr is a 25-years-old man married to Nour and a father of a beautiful 2-years-old daughter “Maritta”. Norayr first worked with his father in his shop in Al-Telal street (his father was...


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Being a bus driver and working on the roads between cities in a country struck by war is an extremely dangerous profession, that’s what Zaki Dikran said, when he was telling us his story.

Since 1989, Zaki Became a bus driver for Armenian Central high school, a job he practiced during school season, in the summer vacation he had the flexibility to work on the road between the Syrian cities, that enabled him to provide for his wife Amira and two...


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Manuel Ashdoknian is a 41-years-old former photographer. His shop was located in Al-Helloq area, his father and brother also had a shop there. For so many years the three men used to go to work together every day, until the Syrian war happened.

The tension started to rise between the conflicting parties, the number of armed men was increasing gradually in the area, and things were getting scary for the civilians like Manuel. Eventually on one day, armed groups broke into...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


As the year 2013 began, the war has already overcome Aleppo, mortar shells and missiles disturbed the city’s peace and changed many families’ lives forever. A lot of innocent people were injured, and even more were killed, leaving behind grieving hearts like Ghassan and his wife Gracia. 

Ghassan (52 years old) and Gracia (47 years old) with their two sons George and John used to have a quiet life in their rented house in Al Jabrieh area where Ghassan used to...


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Jean Domat used to be a professional photographer, he owned his own small studio in Bustan Al-Basha area and a prosperous business in photography. 

This 47-year-old man fell in love with the camera from an early age, he worked hard and doubled his efforts in his old job in car parts retail, in order to save enough money to purchase his first camera and do what he loved.

His sincere efforts paid off, he learnt the techniques quickly and became very popular...


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Mini Market


To establish a business from scratch is very hard, especially in the time of war. Rami Tawil used to work as a sales manager in a Nylon manufacturing factory, located in khan Al-Asal.

Shortly before the war started, the tension between the conflict parties was building slowly but no armed action was taken against any civilians in the area of Khan Al-Asal, specially that it was an industrial zone with many factories and hundreds of workers going there on daily basis. Until...


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Like all residents of Syria, Oujen and his wife had their fair share of suffering from being displaced and losing their belongings 

One day at the start of the armed conflict in 2012, Oujen and his wife were visiting his in-laws in AL-Midan when they heard the news of armed groups breaking into Sheikh Maksoud area. They confiscated the houses, and soon the whole area became out of civilian reach, and the family like many others couldn’t save anything of their...


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Fitness Hall


My name is Samira Kattaa-aljabal, I am a divorced mother with one girl, her name is Jenny, she is a 20 years old university student. During war, we stayed in Aleppo in our house in Al-Midan area which belongs to my ex-husband. My sister is a single woman who is old and sick. She works in a sewing workshop and her salary is barely enough for the daily expenses, so I always help her. I have been working as a...


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Espresso Shop


In his early thirties, Yacoub Baddosh shares his story with us and his future plans, this young man who lives with his parents had originally studied in the institute of tourism in Aleppo university, and worked in lots of hotels after finishing school. He was making his way in that domain steadily and everything was going smoothly for him until the war started. 

The impact of war in Syria reflected greatly on the tourism industry, the losses were massive, Yacoub found...


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Electrical Maintenance


After his graduation from electrical institute in 2002, Bashar Boulos who’s 31 years old today, started building his career on his own, until he could upgrade his business and rent a shop in 2010. Not much time passed before difficulties found their way to him, soon after the war started in 2013, the industrial factories shut down and since he was specialized in Industrial machinery, he had to switch his job to something more profitable. Thereafter, He worked on a...


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Packaging Workshop


Milad Khshefi and his mother suffered immensely from war ramifications. 

In 2012, the 38 years-old single man and his 71 years -old mother had to flee from their home in AL-Ghassanieh when armed groups entered the village, only with the clothes they had on, they couldn’t take anything with them, they didn’t have anywhere to go except Milad’s rented house in AL-Midan in Aleppo city, where he used to stay while working in the packaging workshop. They came to Aleppo, but one...


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Fast Food Shop


My name is Ohanis Torous, a 29 years old single man. I live with my mother Louseen who is 49 years old, she is currently looking after a sick person as a job, my father has psychological problems, so he is not living with us. We used to live in my uncle’s house in Sulaymaniah, because we did not have a house. it was burnt by my father as he was out of control once on one of his rage...


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After more than 20 years of a stable career and secure living conditions, Anwar Hanna, the 63-year-old man was a victim of displacement and losses.

Anwar was living with his family in Erbin area, in the countryside of Damascus, he was working as a blacksmith at his private carpentry workshop and their life was full of peace and security which all was ruined after 2011 as the terrorist groups broke into the area and spread their violence and horror at over....


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Mini Market


George is a married man and the father of three daughters Dina, Rita, and Rima.

George suffers from speech disorder but that didn’t prevent him from working or having a normal lifestyle as for the last 30 years, he has been working at the Ministry of Health as a physical therapist.

He handled his tough work schedule for many years to ensure a dignified life for his family, because all he cared about was raising his daughters to become successful individuals in...


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We are all aware of the violent acts of war during the last decade which affected the lives of many innocent people.

Edwar was one of those people who was exposed to a kidnapping incident that turned his life upside down.

Edwar Darwish was born in 1972, married and has a son ‘Gassan” born in 2014. He lives with his family in Kashkoul, a Damascus suburb and for more than 10 years, he worked as a bus driver on Damascus-Aleppo international road.

His...


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Pick-up Truck


The cruel war forced many people to live far away from their families and children, seeking better income to afford decent living conditions.

Dekran Kendmian worked in maintenance and his salary was good enough to meet his daily expenses, but with the beginning of the war, his profession was affected badly and he became unable to afford the basic needs.

Dekran couldn’t stand watching his children deprived of having a good life or proper education, so he decided to travel to Lebanon...


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Abdo had a peaceful and stable life with his family living in Sednaya town, Damascus countryside.

During the first years of the war, the situation began to worsen gradually, until it became very dangerous to stay in the area, as his house was severely damaged by the shelling which forced the family to leave their home without being able to take any belongings.

Abdo and his family moved to Damascus where his friend helped him rent a small apartment in one of...


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Mini Market


There will always be difficult challenges to face every day, but with great faith, one will be strong enough to defeat those challenges as Jamil Bshara did his entire life.

Jamil is 49, married to Silva Hamwi and together they have amazing three children; Eleanor and Alber born in 2003, and Enji born in 2005. Jamil and his family live in a small rented flat in Jaramana where he works in packaging at the Syrian Trade Corporation.

Before the crisis, Jamil used...


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Shoemaking Workshop


For more than 27 years of experience as a shoemaker, Elias Alhelo has devoted all his life to the sake of his family and his three daughters Maha, Ayda, and Hanin.

They lived in Aldekhanyeh area in peace where Elias had his workshop and the profit was sufficient to secure a decent life for them.

Unfortunately, after the beginning of the crisis, things started to worsen gradually until the year 2014, when armed groups entered Aldekhanieh and started to shoot at the houses...


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Coffee and Nuts Shop


"Being responsible for a lovely family with two little girls under current circumstances in Syria is something very difficult, it breaks your heart not to be able to secure the simplest needs of life and see your daughters growing in deprivation."

All that George was seeking for, is to secure a decent living for his family. Unfortunately, within the economic crisis in the country, no matter how hard he worked he couldn’t afford even the daily food.

In the previous years of...


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Stationery Shop


For 23 years, Nawal worked as a teacher to many generations who learned from this wise woman, she didn’t just teach them the typical curriculum but also planted true values of life in their mind and you can see that from her sons whom, despite the difficult financial and living condition of the country, were supported by their mother to become successful in their education. Hani is now in the third year of Agriculture Engineering, Fady is in the first...


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Wissam Wakim is married to Rasha Mousa, together they have a cute little kid called Marcus.

Wissam has worked as a goldsmith since 1996, but after the beginning of the war in Syria this profession became unprofitable so he traveled to Lebanon in 2011 and started to work as a private driver for a Lebanese family. 

Unfortunately, after about four years, the family traveled abroad and Wissam became jobless, so he returned to Syria where he got employed as a driver between...


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Teaching Class


Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete.

That’s what could be concluded from the life journey of Wassim Nanaa, a 37-year-old man who was struggling for the last decade to survive. Wassim was living along with his mother and two brothers in Al-Dwalaa area, working as a hairstylist with his brother and their work was good enough to secure them a decent life.

Wassim was like any young man of his...


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Distributing Foodstuffs


Firas Haddad, 46, lives with his mother in a modest house in Jaramana, Damascus countryside.

as a child, Firas went through very difficult circumstances as he was exposed to a fire accident in his childhood that caused severe burns on his hands and face. He has undergone many surgeries since then and still suffers from deformities, but it didn't prevent him from working or having a normal life.

In 2010, Firas started working as a salesperson using his small car, and even...


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