Micro-Projects is a livelihood-support program which helps family providers who had either lost their livelihood during the war, or aspire to be a productive and financially independent part of the community by starting their own income generating business. By financing their micro-projects, Christian Hope Center is helping Christian families to have a sustainable source of income, through the provision of equipment, machinery and tools. This will eventually mitigate the economic harm caused by increasing poverty and insecurity, preserve their dignity, and alleviate the calamities of war and the economic crisis, which will ultimately preserve the existence of an active Christian community in Syria. In addition to the Micro-Projects supported in Cities of Aleppo, Homs and Damascus, the program also supports families who rely on agriculture as their principal source of income in rural Homs.


715

Aleppo

758

Homs

351

Damascus

Music-Recording Studio


“Where words fail, music speaks.” That’s how George replied when we asked him about the reason behind his love for music. 

Since he was an 8-year-old, George was fascinated by music and the industry in general.

His parents decided to enroll him in a music institute where he chose to learn Cello, his love for music didn’t stop there, he used to go to his uncle’s studio to watch him produce music for many artists. After a short time, he started helping...


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Carpentry Machines


George is married and has worked in the carpentry profession since childhood with more than 40 years of experience, he had a full workshop with a kit, but because of the war he lost the workshop with the entire equipment, unfortunately, he cannot return to his former work area because its still under control of armed groups.

During war his home was exposed to a shell explosion, which led to great damage to the house, as a result, the family was...


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Taxi


Elias is an example of the patient and strong father who faces life’s challenges for his family, Elias is married and has two sons, one of whom is serving in military, life challenged Elias differently at each stage, in the period of war he was displaced from his home, and his son was exposed to a war injury during his mandatory service time. 

Corona came to be one of the most difficult periods he went through; it kept him away from...


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Aluminium Workshop


The years of war were not easy for Fadi's family, however, it didn't stop them from pursuing their dreams of living in peace and stability. Fadi’s family suffered a lot during the war, especially in the first years as Fadi is a resident of the village of Al-Jadeeda in the Idlib countryside, which is one of the Christian villages in the city of Idlib. He was displaced with his family from the village after they were besieged by armed groups.

At...


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Taxi


Elias is a strong man who defied the difficulties of life for the sake of his family’s happiness despite all the harsh circumstances he went through. 

Elias is married and has three children, he suffered a lot during the war; he had a taxi in 2014, but unfortunately it was destroyed by a shell in 2016, despite the difficulty of the situation he was able to overcome this incident for the sake of his children and started working as a driver...


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Plumber Equipmentَ


Naeem is an example of strong personality who will face crises with positive adaptation without suppression or confusion, married and has two sons, he works in the field of sanitary installations, solar energy installation and electricity extension.

Naeem tried to develop himself in his domain of work despite all the difficulties and challenges he faced, he is a creative person who added with his experience of more than 15 years working in the field of central heating, he rented a shop...


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Dental Clinic


Dr. Ghassan have been working in the clinic for more than 30 years, he has extensive experience in the field of dentistry, his work was greatly affected during the war because his place was exposed to a lot of shells, and when the area became safe, he decided to develop his clinic's devices because the equipment was worn-out that it became dilapidated.

The earthquake destroyed all Ghassan’s dreams for the enhancement of his clinic and his house from which he and...


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Cars Spraying


Shant is a passionate person, aspiring to be proficient in his work, self-reliant, in order to secure a decent life for his family; Shant is married and a father of two, he works day and night for the wellness of his family.

Shant works in the profession of car spraying, and has extensive experience in this field, he currently works in a workshop but the equipment is not his, and the wage he receives is not commensurate with his experience and...


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Nail Care Kit


Hanaa Hakeem lives with her sister in Aleppo. In addition to taking care of her sister and the house, she also works as a teacher in a public school in the city of Aleppo to support her husband.

During the war in Aleppo Hanaa and her family refused to leave their home and their memories behind and decided to stay no matter what.

By the end of the war, the Hakeem family faced a difficult financial situation with low income and high...


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Homemade Sweets


Nihad Ghazal is a 65-year-old with a passion for baking and making pastry since her childhood; she used to make all different types of pastries and give them to her friends at school to try.

As she grew older her love for pastry grew bigger, she used to help her mother with cooking and doing kitchen chores, that’s how she learned her mother’s baking recipes, her secrets and tricks for a perfect bake.

The Ghazal sisters suffered from the war, but unlike...


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Beauty Center


Alina is a young woman who lives with her parents; her father works as a car mechanic in a rental shop. Alina’s family traveled to Armenia from 2015 to 2017. Her brother stayed there. After her return, she completed her studies and obtained a baccalaureate degree. In 2021, she took courses related to the field of cosmetics. it all started as a hobby then she started working in a beauty center where she practiced and gained experience.

Aina wants to be the boss of her own project, but she was hesitant to open a salon because of her financial situation and the coordination between her job at the beauty center and her own business.

Thanks to Hope Center Alina became hopeful again, it helped her gain independence for owning a business and now she is ready to thrive.

Dental Clinic


Carla Ishak is an ambitious dentist who recently graduated from Aleppo university, being a dentist was her long-lasting dream. When she was a little girl, she used to go to her father’s clinic to watch him at his job while pretending to be his assistant.

Going through the war in Syria was harsh for Carla and her family, as they had to evacuate their home due to several bombings. The prolonged fights and the damage it caused forced the family to...


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Coffee Shop


Mirna and Suleiman manage together a Coffee and Chocolate shop, which serves as their family's lifeline. Despite Mirna's role as a dedicated school teacher and Suleiman's commitment to his employment, their journey wasn’t easy. .

These tough circumstances led Mirna to seek assistance from the Micro Projects Program, because even with having a coffee grinder and freezer, the shop remained in need for goods due to the huge inflation.

 With the support, the shop's inventory was restored, ensuring shelves filled with delights. Now, with renewed optimism, they continue to serve their community, and ensure their three children a better living. 

Clothes Shop


Displaced from Homs in 2012, Rasha and Elie found safety in Fairouza village, rebuilding their lives from scratch. Elie is a carpenter while Rasha runs a clothing shop she opened back in 2015 and they are the parents of 2 lovely children. 

Rasha's once-thriving shop struggled to meet clients' demands, jeopardizing their stability. She turned to the Micro Projects Program, seeking a lifeline for her small business, the provided support was a beacon of hope for the family.

With the assistance, she revitalized her shop, stocking new styles, reclaiming her foothold in the market. Now, her shop sustains her family in Fairouza village, amidst the rubble of the tough past, the family is building a better future.

Mini-Market & Dairy Products


Fania's life took an unexpected turn when her husband, Bassam, fell ill, leaving him unable to provide for their family. With a studying son to support, her mother-in-law, and her husband's health deteriorating, Fania knew she had to act fast. 

Determined to secure a future for her family, she seized the opportunity presented by their small shop. With hope, She applied for assistance from the Micro Projects Program, seeking support to stock shelves, buy a refrigerator, and purchase goods to transform...


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Taxi


Fady Ibrahim is 30 years old, married to Mariam Altheib and they have three cute little girls, Georgette born in 2017, Cathren 2019, and Yara 2021. They live in a rented flat in Kashkoul, Damascus suburbs.

With the first sparks of war, Fady was still at the beginning of his life journey, full of youthful enthusiasm, but he didn’t have the time or choice to start a new chapter of his life because in 2011 he was called for military service...


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Mini-Market


Although the war is over, but its calamities has remained in the heart of each one of us, as a painful reminder of what we have been through especially since many are still suffering from its effects such as Emad Dawood and others from the war-wounded individuals.

Emad is 31 years old, married to Nour Sbaih and they have three adorable kids, Rosseil born in 2017, and the twins Roy and Junior born in 2022.

Before the war, he worked as a...


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Pick-up Truck


Wasim Abou Saab is 33 years old, married to Majdoleen Albahry with two kids Lamitta born in 2017, and Elia born in 2019, and the couple are waiting to welcome their twins after a few months.

Before the war, Wasim graduated from the faculty of economics and trade, then worked at a company for three years until 2011, as he was called for military service and wasn’t discharged until 9 years later.

During that period Wasim got married and started a family...


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Mini-Market


For many years of his life, Shar Alabdoun, worked hard taking every possible opportunity to have an income and live in dignity.

He graduated from a tourism institute and started to work as a cook, and when he had a job vacancy in the Caribbean islands he didn’t hesitate to travel and work there, then when he saved some money he decided to return to Syria and have his own project.

For his bad luck, he returned in 2011 and started his...


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Detergent manufacturing workshop


It is never easy to hold responsibility of a family at a very young age, especially during war times, but Maroun Fares proved that strong faith and hard work always overcome obstacles.

Maroun is 24 years old, he lives with his mother and three younger sisters in a 50-meters, unfurnished and modest flat in Jaramana. They used to live in Bloudan, Damascus suburbs and during the wartime, they suffered a lot from many dangers in addition to the lack of all...


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Photography equipment


No matter how harsh and difficult the conditions are, there is nothing more difficult than the bitterness of death.

This is what the twenty-three-year-old Naya Al-Freijat believes, who experienced death in its worst forms; in 2016, during the brutal wartime, her older brother Yazan was working at Al-Badia Cement Factory in Dumayr, when the armed groups attacked the area, and when they knew that Yazan was Christian, they executed him.

The impact of this tragedy was devastating for Naya and her family,...


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Handicrafts tools


Starting from scratch is always difficult, especially during wartime, while being responsible for little kids, and not knowing how to keep them safe and secure.

That’s how Norma Elias 44, expressed her journey during the years of war. She is married to Ziad Alhomsi and they have three children Lady 2001, Elias 2004, and Larita 2009. 

Her husband used to have his own workshop in Aldekhanieh area, Damascus suburbs, and his income was good enough to provide the livelihood demands of the...


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Agricultural store


While retiring can be a reward for years of hard work, Hussam Maroni 60 years old, found it very difficult for him after thirty years of working to be jobless with no proper income.

He is married to Mouna Qarrout and have adorable three daughters Zoya, Jessica, and Solin, and for most of his life, he was doing his best to secure a decent living for his family and provide them with love and care.

Hussam is an agriculture engineer who worked...


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Mini-Market


Rana Nofal is a hardworking mother, who dedicated her entire life to keeping her family united and secured.

She is 40 years old, divorced, and a mother of four sons; Joseph born in 2003, Tony 2006, Johnny 2009 and Ward in 2014. 

Although Rana didn’t have a good marriage experience, she handled all the difficulties and abuse for the sake of her sons and didn’t hesitate to work and support herself and her husband with the living expenses but her husband kept...


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Mini-Market


Nuha Noah is married to Mersel Atta, and has three children Elias 22, Sharbel 20, and Taqla 17.

Before the war, they were lived in Shaqra village in Daraa governorate, Nuha worked as an assistant midwife, her husband was a government employee and their situation was stable.

However, after the start of the war, the village was surrounded by armed groups who terrified the people and spread violence, then they entered Nuha’s house and took her husband and son as hostages where...


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Pick-up Truck


Hussam Jarrouj is 30 years old, married to Abeer Mesherqi and they have a toddler daughter called Joule born in 2021, they live at his in-laws’ house in Kashkoul, Damascus suburbs.

Hussam graduated from the faculty of agriculture engineering and started working in the city of Homs until the year 2015 when the situation deteriorated in the city and it was not safe to stay and work there, so he moved to the city of Damascus where he worked in a...


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Mini-Market


It is a great blessing to reach your sixties and still have the determination of youth to work with great confidence and belief that the Lord supports you in all your life circumstances.

This is what you feel after meeting with Alice Khoury, with her deep wrinkles and crutch that never leaves her. She always was full of strength to work and rely on herself to support her family.

In 2000, Alice and her husband Antoun started a small grocery shop from...


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