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

Children's Wear Shop


Jamil is a single man who is living with his sister and his nephews in their parents’ house. His brother and his brother’s wife were separated and each one of them traveled to a county and they left their children here, so Jamil had to look after them. Jamil has a clothes shop and during the war he couldn't afford enough goods for his shop because of the economic rescission, so he decided to work in a workshop, but it was too hard for him, so he wants to return to his shop but he needs support to buy requirements for it. This project will help him in aiding his nephews and will guarantee the continuity of his own shop.

Printing Center


Joseph is a single, young man, living with his family and he is the sole provider for them. He used to work for Caritas as an IT, but later he stopped working there and started working with his friend in a printing shop. It was fine at first, later he started feeling that he is working very hard, but not getting enough in return, so he decided to start his own project that will provide a good income. He has a great experience in this field as he has been working in it for more than 4 years, but he does not have enough money to start with his own project. This project is more than a dream for him, it is his passion. It will give him the chance of a new beginning, doing what he loves for a living, and also to become a good provider and secure a future for his family.

Dose


Jack and Joseph are two friends who lived the war circumstances together. During the war Jack’s family decided to leave the country and immigrate to Germany so they travelled to Lebanon and stayed there for a while, at the time Jack found a job in an Italian restaurant and he learned a lot about food making and he loved this business, when the visa arrived he refused to go with his family because he wanted to stay in Syria but...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


She is a single woman who lives with her brother and mother, and they are the providers for the family. Her brother fixes engines and dynamos. She has been working in a rented cotton underwear shop and it has been her job for 12 years. The main owner sold the shop to another person and now the new owner raises up the price of the monthly rent. The shop is too small and it is not enough for more goods which she...


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Fiberglass for Cars


Fajeh is a married man, he has a young daughter, he and his family are looking after his paralyzed mother who lives with them. He had a shop that manufactures fiber glass for the cars, but it was destroyed during the crisis in Aleppo. Later, he worked with a person in the same business, but the owner of the shop was very mean and gave him a low salary, so he had to leave the shop in order to find something that can help him with all the expenses he has especially with his mother’s condition. He wants to start his own project because he has a great experience in this business, and he is confident that this project is going to be very successful.

Car Furnishing


Salem and his family were displaced from their home in Sheikh Maksoud, they are currently living in a rented flat in Al-Midan area. He rented a workshop to work in car furnishing, but the owner of the workshop doubled the rent, so he had to look for another one. Now he is renting a workshop in Al-Midan area, he does not however have the machines that are essential to do his job in the best possible way, he sometimes borrows his friend’s machines in order to complete the work. He wants to have his own machines and be an independent person who does not always have to rely on the help of others, this project will be an important step towards his career development.

Coffee Shop


George Doumat is a married man who has a two years old daughter. His wife is unemployed. He rented a house in Al Midan region. He has a full-time job in the court of military, but the salary is too low and not even enough to provide his own family with the necessities of the life. They have some aid from their parish” the Maronites” which helps them a lot. He used to live with his family, but he rented his own house before a short period of time. The project will be established in an area that needs his services to guarantee the success of his project. His wife and daughter moved to his wife’s parents’ house in Al Moushtaye village during the crisis in Aleppo. He could not go with them because it was impossible for him to quit his job, so he stayed in Aleppo.

Manufacturing Rubber Molds


George is a single man, living in his parents’ house with his brother, they both work to provide themselves with daily livelihood needs. He has been working in manufacturing rubber molds for more than 15 years and he has a great experience in this field. His recent employer is exploiting him by making him work too hard, and giving him a low salary (not more than $100 a month), so he wants to quit this work. George wants to start his own project in the same field that he has been working in for a long time, aspiring to become an independent person.

Taxi


Elias is a married man who has a son. “I used to work as a hauler in a company between governorates , and I was kidnapped during the crisis while working, then the company decided to close this section, So I traveled to Venezuela to start a new job but the economic crisis started after awhile, my son also came to Venezuela, but he could not find a job so he came back to Aleppo and started a new job in a bank, my daughter got married and traveled with her husband." When he came back, he had spent all his life savings and because of his age he was not able to find a job. Now his son is engaged and he is the only provider of the family. Working in this field is great for him because he has the license and the experience.

Metal Welding Workshop


Morris is an unemployed married man who lost his shop and equipment in Bustan Al-Basha during the crisis in Aleppo. Losing his shop was a terrible incident that made him feel depressed. He could not even get any of his equipment out of Bustan Al-Basha. Now he is 58 years old. After this incident he started looking for any job to provide the necessities of life for his family, but unfortunately nobody employed him. This shop was the only source of income. His wife does not work too. He wants to start working again in soldering iron because he has enough experience in this field. he depends on his brother and the charities in providing the daily needs. He believes that someone will listen to his story and give him a hand to start working again in his own shop.

Silver Workshop


Elias is a married man who has two children and he is the only provider for his family, they live in a rented house. Before the crisis in Syria, he had a workshop that he worked in making silver ornaments in Shekh-Maksoud and it was going great, but when the crisis started, he lost his workshop and all the equipment that he had. Later, he bought some new equipment and started working again in a basement that belongs to one of his...


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Taxi


Elias is a married man, who was a mechanic before the crisis in Aleppo, but he had to switch his job and become a taxi driver for some organizations during the war in Aleppo, because of the situation of the crisis. He worked with many organizations as a driver like the Marists. He also tried to rent a taxi, but the owner of the taxi asked for a big percentage from the profits, so he decided to look for something else, his wife does not work so he is the sole provider for his family. The biggest lost for him was the passing of his brother who died while he was asleep in his bed, by a missile that hit the building next to them. He wants to have a taxi of his own, so he would be able to have a better and more stable income for the future.

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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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