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

Fixing Cars Workshop


Fouad Jbara is a father of a university student. His wife is also unemployed and he lost his shop in Bustan Al Basha during the crisis in Aleppo and all his equipment and goods were stolen. He had a car, but he sold it to provide his family with the necessities of the life. They take aid from the maristes and this aid is the only source of income that they get. He started fixing his shop and he wants to start working again because this shop was the only source of income. He is all hope that someone will help him to start working again in his own shop that was taken from him for almost 6 years.

Men's Clothing Shop


Tony has a daughter and two sons, one is a soldier and the other is engaged and he is preparing for his future. They did not go out of Aleppo during the crisis, but when it started raining missiles in the area where they lived, they had to go out and they rented a house for 3 years. After that they sold their old house because its area was no longer habitable, so they bought another one that was smaller, but...


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Beauty Center


Vivian Karanta is a divorced mother who has a ten years old daughter. She lives with her parents (father mother and a brother). She wants to start her own project to depend on herself in providing her own daughter in the future. Her brother is a hairdresser, but he is not working now. Her mother does not work. Her father is a janitor in a company and he cannot support his family entirely. She sometimes works with Jesus and Merry visiting team, but she has experience in the field of beatification so she wants to go back to it to guarantee a better future for her and her little daughter. She is all hope that the future is going to be better and someone will help her in achieving her dream.

Spare Parts for Cars


Joseph mashek is a married man who has two sons one of them is an employee in a barber shop and the second one is a student. His wife is unemployed. He has some spare parts that he keeps at home and sometimes he sells them for the shops next to his house. He used to work as an employee in a spare parts shop but he left his job because his salary was low. He moved from Al Midan to Sulimaniah for...


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Carpentry Tools


Bitros Orfahli is a married man who has a son in the eleventh grade and a daughter in the sixth grade. His wife is unemployed and he is the only provider for his family. He is a carpenter. He had a workshop in Al-Arkoub which was destroyed completely. When he was very young he used to work for someone who had a workshop in Sulaymaniyah, but later he traveled and closed his workshop. Bitros did not want to stop working so he...


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Metal Molding Workshop


A married man with two children, his wife works as a school teacher. “I started to sell cigarettes on the street, in my neighborhood” he said, because during the crisis, the owners of his old work left the country, so he stayed without a job. He moved to latakia with his wife’s family for one year during Aleppo crisis, and worked there at the same field, Then the old owners came back to Aleppo and wanted to start over with their business so he came back and started working again with them. This project will allow Elia to finally be able to start a project of his own and not to be afraid to lose his job in any minute.

Taxi


Hospic is a single young man who is living with his mother in Al-midan area. They were displaced from their house during the war and moved to Sulaymaniyah to live in a rented house, after a year when things started getting better, they returned to their house in Al-midan and found out that it has been severely damaged, so Hospic had to pay for the repairment costs of the house. Before war, he worked as a barber, but later he had...


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Sewing Workshop


Nitalin is a married woman and a mother of 3 children, the first one is an agricultural engineer, the second one is a baccalaureate student and the youngest is still in eighth grade. She has been working in the tailoring field for the last 8 years, but as an assistant in a workshop that belongs to her friends, they only ask for her help when they have a lot of work. Her husband works in a gas station, as a driver...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


George applied to Hope Center in order to buy a small pickup truck (Suzuki). He and his wife have 3 kids. The family lives with George’s parents. He has been working as a school bus driver for a long time and he is the sole provider of the family. He was not able to obtain a house of his own and therefore he kept living with his parents. Purchasing this pickup truck would help him provide more income for his family, whereas driving a school bus does not produce a sufficient income for the family, and they are currently depending on aids they receive from the Blue Maristes in Aleppo. He would work on the pickup truck when he’s not driving the school bus.

Shoes Store


Antoine lives with his mother; his parents are separated because of some family issues. The father has a shop that he wants to give for Antoine to work in, his married sister and her daughter also live with them because her husband had to travel “I am currently working in a movie theater and my mother is an assistant in a school, but both of our incomes are not enough considering the high livelihood expenses. This store will give me the chance to start my own business in shoes which I have a former experience in, it is a good profit for living in a decent way.”

Computer Games Shop


Anees is a single, young man who is looking after his parents and helping them with the livelihood expenses, when the crisis started in Aleppo, they had to move to Kafroon because their neighborhood was too dangerous. In Kafroon Anees’s father could not find a job, so Anees had to work in a PlayStation shop to provide an income and aid his family. When things got better in the area of their house in Aleppo, they moved back to it....


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Sportswear Store


“I chose this kind of projects because I have a good experience in this domain and I worked in marketing for more than five years, also there isn't any sportswear stores in my area, but there are lots of young people who like to wear this style, I believe that this project would be very successful. Before the crisis, my siblings and I owned a sweets factory, Unfortunately, during the war, the factory was destroyed completely. However, we are still...


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Taxi


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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Taxi


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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