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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Aleppo

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Homs

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Damascus

Nursing kit


Youssef Jbara is a 20 years old young man, who lives with his parents Hannan and Lamia, his sister Jennifer and his brother Gabriel who are both still students. Youssef is a second-year student in “Dar Bassil” institute, he studies nursing and he is the first on his class with very good grades. During war his parent sold their house and bought smaller one because of the hard-financial situation, they both work in a sewing workshop but the income is not enough...


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Hair Salon


My name is Eshak Ofissa, I am 27 years old, I live with my parents. My father is retired and my mother is a housewife, we live in Al-Midan area. We are originally from a village called Al-Jdayde in Edlib which is now under the control of Jabhat Al-nasra, but we spent most of our time growing up in Aleppo. During the war, our home in Aleppo was damaged severely by a mortar bomb. We left to Latakia, where we stayed for three years...


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Car Furnishing


My name is Skandar Homsi, I am married to Carolina Akawi and we have a 26 years old boy named Moheeb. I used to work in a car furnishing workshop since 1986 in Al Midan area in Aleppo city, which is known to be one of the most important areas for the industrial business. During the war the workshop was damaged heavily by a mortar bomb, and we had to close it for the rest of the war years. In that period, I...


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Computers Maintenance and Surveillance Systems


My name is Johnny Sarkis, I am 40 years old and I’m married to Sally Mekleh, We have a little girl, her name is Rozella and she is two years old. I live with my small family in a rented house in Sulaymania area, and I have a shop in the same area, I have been working in computers maintenance and surveillance systems since 2006, but during the war I suffered a lot because the equipment that I needed for...


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Sewing Workshop


My name is Rita, I am 37 years old, my husband is Carlo Kisso and we have two beautiful daughters, Anna Maria who is 13 years old and Joe who is 14 years old, both of them are school students. I work as a clothes fashion designer in a workshop which belongs to my aunt, who was generous to give me the workshop with a low rent as she knows that I cannot afford a big monthly payment. Unfortunately, now...


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Air Conditioning and Refrigerators Maintenance


My name is Antoine, married to Julie Dahrieh and a father of a two-year-old girl named Pamela. I am the sole provider for my family because my wife has to stay home and take care of our daughter. In 2005, I had a house and a shop in Sheikh Maksoud, the shop was for fixing air conditioners and refrigerators. Sadly, in 2012, I lost everything I had including my car and all the equipment that I had in the shop...


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Hair Salon


I am Salwa kaede, happily married to Pedros Ewaz and we have two children, Mary is 22 years old and Adel is 30 years old who has been serving in the military service for the last 6 years. My husband used to work for a pharmaceutical company which closed during the war and thus he became unemployed. I have been working as a hairdresser for more than 10 years, before the crisis I had my own salon, but unfortunately, I got sick...


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A Shop for Electrical Devices


My name is Samir Jerji, 52 years old and married to Reema Hatem, we have two children, Joelle and Aziz. I was a millionaire in the past, before the war I lived for twenty years in Dubai with my wife, then we decided to come back to Aleppo, and start an investment project in partnership with my brothers, which is a big facility that includes a restaurant and a swimming pool under the name of “the Golden River”, located in the...


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Mini Market


My name is Nabil Kitati, I’m 46 years old, I live in Aleppo and I am married to Rina Aghabian. We have two daughters; Janet 11 years old and Rana 10 years old, and a son Elias 5 years old. I used to work in blacksmithing in Khan AL-Asal area, in the suburbs of Aleppo, but because of the war this area became very dangerous and the factory that I used to work in closed. I was kidnapped during the...


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Espresso Machine


Yossef is a single man who is now 42 years old. He lives with his father and his two brothers who are not married in the family house. He has a small espresso machine which is not enough to serve 2 people at the same time so he wants a bigger one which will make him able to earn extra amount of money. He is also renting a window in a small shop that costs him 25000 a month. “ I find it too hard to provide the daily needs for my family and pay the rent, but by having a bigger espresso machine all my problems will be solved”.

Taxi


My name is Nofal Yousef, I am 42 years old, I live with my parents and I look after them, our house is in Awjet Al-jeb, Aleppo. I am originally a goldsmith, I learned this craft since I was young, the designs I made were very distinguished and handmade unlike the other designs made by the machines. When the war started in Syria, the economic situation got deteriorated rapidly and in 2010 the work stopped. From 2010 to 2013, I worked in a...


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Electrical Equipment


My name is Iskandar, I am a 45 years old man. My wife is Rasha Akkad who is 31 years old, we have a newborn baby named Michel. I am an electrician, and I used to work with my brothers in our workshop, but in the war years they left the country, and I continued working in this field. Unfortunately, one day the workshop was burnt by an electrical fault, this incident destroyed all the equipment that I had, and my...


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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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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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Taxi


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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Pickup Truck


"I always trust God’s will in my life and reconcile with all my struggles, the one who believes…. will always survive” With those words, Emil began telling us his tragic story.

Emil Philips is 51 years old, married with two kids Thomas and Maroska. Emil and his family are Egyptians living in Syria; he originally came to Syria from his home country Egypt in 2010 to find better career opportunities. He got employed as a food officer at Albal Hotel in...


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Pickup Truck


Fady Yazjy, 47 years, is married and has two kids; George born in 2006, and Mary-belle born in 2011.

Fady and his family used to live in Alkabbas area in Damascus, but during the crisis, the area was surrounded by armed groups and hit daily by dozens of mortar shells which caused huge damage to the family's house, so they had to flee to another area without being able to take any of their belongings or furniture out of the house. 

Unfortunately,...


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Mini Market


Walid Al-Bethreh, is married and lives in a small, modest house in Al Tabbaleh neighborhood in Damascus. He worked as a jeweler in a workshop since 1999, he did everything he could to provide his family with the best living, but things changed after the outbreak of war, as the Goldsmithing work began to gradually diminish until it stopped in 2014 due to the lack of demand and the workshop was closed.

Walid didn't hesitate to start in a different profession...


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Taxi


Anton did not choose to spend his youthful years in military service, but it was something imposed on him by the brutality of war and the bitterness of the crisis.

At the end of 2011, Anton was called for military service, which extended for a whole decade, during which he had to work day and night as a driver. During those years, his family was exposed to many dangers and migrated to Lebanon, while he remained in Syria. Even when his...


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Pickup Truck


"Whatever happens in your life and no matter how troubling things might seem... do not enter the path of desperation, God’s hand is always there to save you." That’s what Majd Maalouf said with great faith. 

Majd is 39, married with three sons: George, Jamil, and Jad.

Since his childhood, Majd had to work hard to afford his livelihood; he started as a tile polishing worker in 2006 and then was able to have his private tiling equipment which improved his income...


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