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

Sewing Workshop


Akram, his wife Claude, son Salim and daughter Dalal have witnessed the war in Aleppo and suffered immensely of its consequences. The constantly falling shells during the first few years affected Salim and Dalal’s mental health greatly, the explosions and the horrors pushed them on the verge of a breakdown. Specially when one of those shells hit Akram's car that was parked in front of their building.

Akram’s business was also affected, when his partner decided to leave the country, they...


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Plumbing Equipment


Just with the start of war, Shadi was called to serve his mandatory military service, Shadi went to his assigned position in Damascus without knowing that this period of his life will extent to over than nine years. 

During those years he went through many hard and challenging circumstances, he overcame many dangers and dodged many explosions, and finally was discharged in April 2020. His wife and two daughters were very excited for their father coming back home, they were united...


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Carpentry Workshop


Aboud, his wife Huda and his two sons Nicholas and Carlos (12 and 6 years old) live together in the family residence in Aleppo, along with Aboud’s mother Mouna.

At the beginning of war, Aboud couldn’t reach his carpentry workshop in Handarat area, all the roads were cut off and the armed groups took complete control of the area. When dangers of mortar shells became closer and more severe, Aboud took his family and fled to Marmaritta village far from the...


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Lathing Machine


Albert Gergi is a 45-years-old industrial man, who has 30 years of work experience in Metal lathing.

Albert is married, and a father of Mark; his 15-years-old son. He lives with his family in their house in Al-Serian neighborhood, which was relatively safer than other areas in Aleppo during the war. Unlike Al-Sheikh Najjar where he works. 

While all his relatives have left the country during the war, Albert chose to stay in Aleppo his home town for many reasons; besides being...


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Coffee Grinder and Espresso


George Korjian (32 years old) is a self-made hardworking man, whom like many Syrians was affected by the exhausting prolonged war.

His bitter experience started in 2013 When George was still single. He used to work in Sheikh Najjar area in a plastic chairs manufacturing factory. This hard-working man was trying to build his future, his daily shift would extend to approximately 18 hours, but George didn’t mind the tiredness, on the contrary his concentrated efforts paid off when in a...


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Handmade Christian Sculptures


Not many people have the courage to leave their job and switch to something they love, that is what Gaby did by quitting work in a goldsmithing workshop, to choose a pretty unique field; hand making souvenirs rosaries and religious art pieces. This artisan who is also a father of three daughters, made this change back in 2006, since he was the sole provider of his family that was smaller back then.

Gaby was struggling to provide from his weekly paycheck...


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Mobile Phones and Electronics


Mazen Sakkal is a 40-years-old father of two and the sole provider for his family.

With his wife Jina and their two sons; George (4 years old) and William (2 years old), the family lives in Al-Suleymanieh area, they consider themselves lucky that their particular street was considerably safer than other streets during the long war that Aleppo had to suffer from. However, they were not spared from facing losses. 

In 2015, Mazen’s small warehouse, where he used to store his goods,...


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Gear Making Machine


Elia Karam and Antoine Karam are two brothers who decided to retrieve their career and start again at their lathing workshop.

Elia lives with his wife and his son. Antoine is also married and has a son; the two brothers are responsible of providing for their parents.

Before the war the brothers worked at their workshop in Al-Arkoub, but during the war the shop was destroyed so they left it and started a work with a friend of theirs.

Unfortunately, this partnership took...


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Stationery Store


In one of the most beautiful streets in Aleppo, and probably from the most heavily affected areas by war, Nabil Shouha and his mother Soaad live. The old embellished buildings of Al-Azizieh have witnessed a lot of dark days during the war; mortar shells, deadly shrapnel and sniper shots threatened the life of the residents and spread fear among people.

The 33-years-old Nabil with his mother stayed there the whole time despite all the horror and fear, one time a mortar...


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Laser Machine


When you live in a fifth-floor apartment in Al-Suleymanieh area, with no High buildings around you to protect you from the shells you can relate to Aboud sayes’s story.

When Aboud (34-years-old) married his wife Aline few years into war, buying a house was hard for the young couples, one of their relatives felt sympathy towards their struggle and offered them an apartment to live in since the owners had left Syria because of the war and the house was empty...


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Car Repairing


Sarkis Najarian (36 years old) used to work with his father in the family’s workshop for car maintenance, when the family business took a hit, Sarkis and his father financial stability was shaken strongly. In 2012, their workshop in Bustan Al-Basha (which they owned since 1999) was destroyed, all the material and supplies were stolen and the family lost their livelihood.

Two long years passed, in that period they remained without a job, living through the hardest times that Aleppo city...


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Computers Maintenance


The wide spread of technology, smart phones and portable computers, made the need for these devices’ maintenance services a necessity. Many people like Essam Ishak entered this field of work relying on the rapid development of this particular domain. At first (in 1991) when he started, mobile phones were the upcoming trend, he cultivated his skills in mobile maintenance, software and program installations, then with the internet availability the laptops were the next wave to catch if anyone like Essam...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


Ayman is a craftsman from Al-Dwair village, who was displaced with his family of six in 2012 and had to start over from scratch after their house got destroyed in addition to the cow farm, which was the main source of income for the family.

First, they stayed in a house in Al-Arman neighborhood with the help of the church then they moved to a rented apartment in Wadi Al-Sayeh neighborhood, where they settled down. The father of four works in...


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Handmade Accessories


Miro learned about crafts from her husband Fadi, who has been working in this domain since 1990, they continued working together despite all the tough circumstances they've gone through. 

The couple used to make accessories together, then Fadi started selling them in his shop, in addition to distributing their handmade products between Homs and Hama cities. 

When her husband started to suffer from heart problems and went through surgery, Miro became the one responsible for their two children; the family sold their...


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Wall Painting Equipment


George is a single man who lives with his parents and two brothers, he worked as a wall painter since 2005 and he gained great experience in this profession.

Lacking most of the essential equipment was a barrier that prevented him from accepting many offers, lest not being able to finish the needed work on time. 

George continued working with the available tools and he used to rent the needed equipment, especially the electrical generator and air compressor, because buying all the...


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Wall Painting & Spraying Equipment


Shadi worked as a wall painter since 1995, throughout his long career he worked between Syria and Lebanon, which helped him gain a great experience in this profession. 

Being the only supporter for his wife and two children in addition to his parents, when his father was diagnosed with cancer, Shadi's family moved to stay with him to provide the needed care. 

In 2011, the war started in Syria and all of Shadi's tools were stolen, the only option left for him...


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Electrical and Plumbing Installation


Khalil is a craftsman from Homs, his career started in 1984 with great skills in electrical and plumbing installation. 

He is a married man and a father of three sons, his family lived peacefully in a simple neighborhood called Bab Al-Sebaa until the Syrian war came along; the family decided to leave their home for a while in hopes that the situation stabilizes, they stayed for six months in a village near Homs with his parents-in-law.

Khalil's job was in the city,...


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Sewing Workshop


Mounira is a seamstress and a fashion designer from Homs, her career started in 2011 when she decided to make her first step in turning her passion into a business. 

Mounira, a married woman with three children; a son and two daughters, this resilient mother had enough courage to launch her own project and support her family, when her husband, the only provider of their home, lost his job in a phosphate mine. 

With some simple machines at home, Mounira designed and...


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Wall Painting Equipment


With more than 25 years of experience, Osama worked in wall painting between Homs and its villages; the skilled painter has been always known for the quality of his work, and his great reputation wherever he goes.  

Back to the pre-war period, the small family had to leave their house in Homs to escape the dangers of war; they moved to Fairouza village where they stayed for 7 years before they were finally able to return home. 

Four years ago, Osama...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


The brutal war denied Subaih of living his childhood like all other children of his age. In August 2011, when he was just 15-year-old, Subaih witnessed his father's kidnapping, he was taken away with his mini pick-up truck and since that day, no one heard from him and Subaih became the only provider for his mother and younger sister Hana (18 years old).

He started to work and study at the same time for three years; he used to finish school...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Firas's journey of searching for a career started in June 2020 when he finally finished his nine-year military service, he felt like he lost his best years when he was supposed to be establishing for his future. 

Firas is a single man living with his parents and two brothers, during his military service, he used to work on a rented mini pick-up truck whenever he had the opportunity just to cover his own daily expenses. However, the renting costs began to...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Back in 2007, Ziad went with his father to the construction site for the first time and started learning about floor tiling, his father's great skills helped him to enrich his experience and quickly it became his way to provide a living. 

Ziad lives with his parents, his sister, and brother at their home in Al-Hamidia. In 2012, they had to leave their city and flee to Fairouzah village where they spent the next seven years until they were able to...


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Aluminum Workshop


After Jamil graduated from the Industrial Institute, he opened an aluminum workshop back in 2009. Sadly he then lost his father and became the sole provider for his mother, two sisters, and aunt.

His workshop helped him provide a decent income for his big family and everything was going well until 2021 when the workflow began to slow down due to the economic crisis and severe lack of electricity, which caused him to miss out on many work opportunities because he was unable to commit to a delivering date with his clients. 

Jamil applied to get an electric generator, which he couldn’t afford by himself. Supporting his project will save the only source of livelihood of this family to ensure a dignified life. 

Hair Salon


Nekoula moved to Homs dreaming of a better future, the young man left his home village at the age of 18 and headed to the city searching for new opportunities. 

He worked in many professions until 2007, at first he worked for a well-known hairdresser and started learning this skill, which later became his passion. After 4 years of practicing, he decided to open his own salon but unfortunately, the cruel war was in his way. like many Syrians, Nekoula lost his...


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Foodstuff Kiosk


Whenever you go to Al-Dwalaa neighborhood, you see Mousa Barhoum smiling, full of determination, standing beside a small kiosk next to the sidewalk from early morning hours until late evening, selling goods, on one leg after losing the other due to a health problem.

Mousa was working as a maintenance and procurement worker in Al-Mashrabiya restaurant in Bab Touma, his income was good enough to meet his family's expenses and his daughters’ education. But In 2015, Mousa suffered from vascular ischemia...


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Hairdressing Salon


In 2010, Tony left his village and headed to the city of Damascus with hope and determination to make a change in the life of his family. He settled in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood and started to work in any available job and send most of his wages to his mother and brother who suffers from sight disability. 

Unfortunately in the first years of the war the security situation in Damascus deteriorated badly, and soon after, he was asked to serve in Hama.

Tony...


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Mini Market


Salwan Alnasr is 43 years old, married to Rita with a 13-year-old son called Jack.

Salwan and his family live in a modest rented flat in Al-Dwalaa, He used to work as a tile setter for more than 13 years. Despite the fact that his work was very hard and affected his health on the long term, he kept working to afford the best life for his family because during the crisis years, no matter how hard he worked, his income...


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