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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Damascus

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Jean is married and has 2 boys, “During the war we were displaced to Lebanon and we stayed there for 3 months, then we decided to come back to Aleppo, one day my wife went to pick up some grocery and a mortar shell fell next to her; the splinters pierced her body everywhere and she had a long recovery process, the nerves in her left hand are still damaged and her hip was also injured.” Jean is telling his story with...


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Goldsmithing Kit


Fadi and his two brothers had a goldsmithing workshop before the crisis. When the war began they sold their equipment to provide for their livelihood costs. “We also did not know if we’re going to stay here or what was going to happen”. Fadi then started working in another goldsmithing workshop, and his wife worked as a makeup artist between houses, “she didn’t get that much work”. The Orthodox Social Service helps them with a monthly aid. One of his brothers is also married and the other is recruited in the military since 7 and a half years. “Our situation was very good before the war, we were comfortable”. Fadi applied at Hope Center to buy equipment for his workshop and to start his old business again.

Electrical Equipment


Rizk-allah is newly married, living in a rented house and he is currently working as an employee in an electrical equipment shop. Before the war Rizk-allah had his own equipment which he worked with between houses, but during the war a missile fell on Slemanyeh area and affected him badly he was laying on the ground unable to move then he passed out. Later he was taken to a hospital; his leg was injured, and his equipment was stolen. His wife recently started working in a sewing workshop. “after the incident I could not work, so my wife started looking for a job but the income is very little and we are trying to start a family soon therefore I want to go back to my business and my customers but I need some support and this initiative will be the hope of a new beginning”.

Espresso and Refreshments


Anwar is married, he lives in his wife's grandmother’s house because he can’t afford to buy or rent a house on his own, he works in an old plumbing shop and the business is very slow; there’s a lot of plumbing shops in the same neighborhood therefore the income is little especially considering that he is the provider for his mum and brother. “I have a brother living abroad and he sends me some money every few months, but I need to feel self-dependent and this project is the only way so I can stand on my feet again.”

Barber's Shop


The shop is in the Jabrye area, it was shut down for 4 years during war, there was a sniper in this area. The place now needs repairing and maintenance; the equipment is old and outdated and some of it was robbed because the glass frontal shattered so it was easy to break in and steal the stuff. “sometimes I go to open the shop then bombs and missiles fall nearby so I run out of the shop quickly. My wife was injured in her left hand by a mortar shell that fell on our house, I have three daughters all still in school” The wife is trying to find a job and the church is helping with the school payments. This shop can change this family’s life and give hope for a brighter future.

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Youssef is studying economics at the university, he lives with his mother, sister, brother and his uncle. His father passed away and the sister started working in a tailoring workshop, the brother was serving in the military when he got injured in his leg; the recovery process took more than 3 months. “we were displaced from our house because it was ruined in the war, I lost my father after a mortar shell hit him while he was walking in the street;...


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Sobhi is newly married, living in a rented house; which is in a very bad state, he works in a printing shop but the business is slow. Sobhi used to work in his father’s shop in Sheikh-Maksoud, but during the war the equipment got robbed and the shop was ruined. “When I decided to get married the church helped me and I found this job, I spend most of the time at my parents’ house because my house is very small. Before the...


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Glass Painting Tools and Handmade Crafts.


“I love painting and I used to teach it in a school until the war happened, the area which the school was located at became very dangerous so they shut it down and I was unemployed, now I work in the church’s library but I am still passionate about hand crafting and glass painting but I need special tools and colors in order to make things that I can sell and make a good income, especially that I have a health condition ( I live with only one lung) that limits my movement and the effort I make before I feel tired so this job is perfect for me and with the help of this initiative I will be able to make living on my own without risking my health.”

Tailoring Machines


Nojoud lives with her mother and she is currently engaged, the mother used to work in the tailoring business and Nojoud inherited this love for the tailoring from her, she worked in the summer school for Al-Enaye; she also works in tailoring workshops in the summer with her brother who has a big experience in this field. “the whole family works in this business; my brother recently opened his own workshop with some savings but it still needs machines and I want to work with him and make my own income especially that I’m starting a new life.” These machines will be very useful for this family; the married brother and Nojoud with their mother, and will help her providing a livelihood income for 3 homes.

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As a father of two, a head of a family and a hardworking breadwinner, Joseph had been through lots of hardships in order to keep his family safe and secure a decent life for them all. 

Losing his carpentry workshop which was located in Alsheikh maksoud didn’t stop him from fighting for a decent life for his family and did not prevent him from selling goods in streets to survive. Neither the falling bombshells could get tgo them and although they...


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Car Alternators Shop


Before the crisis my situation was as good as everyone else, I had some savings. During the crisis, I spent them,I used to live in a rented house in Midan, and now I live in a house provided for me by a friend. I’m married, and the provider of my family, my sister, and my mother. My mother has a retirement salary, and my sister started working not long ago. Business is currently not going very well, because of the...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Haroutyoun used to work in blacksmithing before the crisis. He sold his workshop and travelled to Armenia to seek better income and livelihood through working in trade. After he opened a shop there, his merchandises were confiscated by the government because another merchant was smuggling goods with Haroutyoun’s merchandise without his knowledge, His financial status deteriorated after he lost his savings from his previous work. He came back to Syria and worked with his brother in distributing the brother’s products....


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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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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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"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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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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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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"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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