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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Silver Crafting Workshop


There’s something satisfying and fulfilling about practicing a job you love, far more than the financial aspects of it. It is what makes Ohannes (the former goldsmith) wants to go work as a Silversmith.

Ohannes is 55 years old, he used to work in a Goldsmith workshop since 1980, in his long years of practice he refined his skills and gained a great deal of experience in this work, and although he wasn’t self-employed but he loved what he did. His...


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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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Taxi


Gharabed Nazarian and his family live in their house in Al-Midan neighborhood, he is a father of two boys; Antranik (22 years old) and Raffi (17 years old). Although Al-Midan became very dangerous to live in (the house windows and Aluminum framing all fell and got damaged several times due to the falling missiles), but the family never left their home.

Since hardships never come single, around the same time of the constant shells’ attacks threatening their lives on daily basis,...


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Taxi


Fadi Alsaado is a former employee in the local postal corporation, he is happily married to Rima who works in Aleppo University, the couple have a 21-years-old daughter Eva; an English Literature college student.

This family’s life took a shocking turn when in 2013 Fadi was kidnapped while working, it was a terrible experience to be ambushed the way he was while running a work task; he was on his way leaving his office to the destination mentioned, when he found...


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Taxi


The constantly increasing costs of living accompanied with the decreasing value of currency caused by the economic crisis, is a real challenge facing the working class and making survival harder than it already is in a country torn by war.

Elias knows a lot about this challenge, he is a newly married and a father of two little children; Charbel who’s 3 and Michaella who’s 2 years old. Since 2010, Elias has worked as a driver, in addition to his job...


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Taxi


In a city afflicted with war it is a miracle to survive without any injuries, specially if you live in Al-Midan neighborhood which was a target for the missiles and mortar shells for many years.

Eiad Razzouk is a 48-years-old former chef in some of Aleppo’s most famous restaurants, specialized in Western cuisine. With his wife Nisreen, the couple have 3 Children; Jessica (19 years old), Elias (14 years old) and Pierre (10 years old).

When Pierre was still a toddler, the...


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Taxi


Patriotism may be the feeling of love for one’s homeland, but for Nicholas it is a lot more than that, it was the reason to hold on, it was what gave him the resilience to endure the war with all its struggles…“My heart is attached to my country “that’s how Nichola Kashour expresses his love for his country and refused to leave during the war, and this is his story…

The 67-years-old man was about to retire from the cement factory...


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Laser Machine


Vahan Nazarian chose an interesting career; designing and selling handmade art crafts like rosaries, small souvenirs and statues. The 56-years-old Vahan started his business back in 1998, and since then he has manufactured thousands of pieces, and even had several employers helping him. 

The Syrian war had its heavy toll on everyone, after the armed conflict reached the city of Aleppo, Vahan’s losses began to accumulate, he and his wife Nada and their three children had to flee from their home...


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Taxi


Emad Al-Abdalla is a 48-years-old father of two; Waheeb (9 years old) and Amila, (12 years old). He and his wife Rana are originally from a village in the countryside of Homs city called “Kfarbo”, a long time ago the couple decided to settle down in Aleppo and raise their kids in the city.

Emad who studied Hotels Management has been working in several places around the city, and Rana is an elementary school teacher. They’ve always teamed-up to provide the...


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Hardware Shop


Losing one’s job can be devastating, especially for a man who loves what he has been doing for more than 32 years.

Antoine went through this challenging experience when his shop and warehouse in Bustan Al-Basha were damaged during the war. It was a shock at first, Antoine never thought that he won’t be able to go to his own shop but the situation in the area was not allowing any civilians to reach Bustan Al-Basha, and shortly after the war...


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Lathing Machinery


Michael Tanashian is a 32-years-old young man who chose his career long time ago, after the seventh grade Michael started working in his father’s workshop for metal lathing, he quickly mastered this profession and took the leading role in the workshop but the war changed things drastically.

In 2012 his workshop in Al-Arkoub was destroyed by the missiles and robbed completely, then Michael had to work for people to be able to support his family of three, they were barely living,...


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Taxi


Zouhair Ahmar is a self-made, hardworking father of two Antoine (21 years-old) and Naya (14 years-old). Along with his wife Caroline, they took care of their kids and put together a beautiful home over the years, He used to work as a driver in a well-known cab service company called “Taxi Baghdad”, this job provided a decent living for the family of four. But with the beginning of war, the company closed and he was suddenly jobless. in those hard...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


There is no doubt that the war had its devastating effects on Syrians’ lives in many ways, but despite all the hardships they go through every day, there’s still room for hope. Ghandi, just like many family providers, has struggled to support his family during the post-war period, but he never surrendered to the bad circumstances, and always did his best for the sake of his wife and their one-year-old baby.

He lives with his small family in a rented apartment,...


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Barbershop


Being the eldest son, Fares has always felt most responsible to help his family, the 22-year-old young man lives in a simple rented apartment with his mother Shireen, his brother Charbel who is a 10th grader, and his father Samer who works as an employee for an oil factory with a modest salary. 

This lovely family was living a peaceful life in a rented apartment in Al-Hamidia, until the vicious war started and forced them to leave their home city and...


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Taxi


“I lost the best years of my life due to the war, I was supposed to establish my life and settle down!”

Those were Fares’s words after spending nine years of his life serving in the army, where he suffered from the ravages of war and many injuries; some of them left him with fragments lodged in his body and lots of horrifying memories.

Today Fares lives with his parents, his younger brother who is a university student, and his aunt in...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing Machine


Syrians lives were affected in a way or another because of the war and its negative impacts appeared on many aspects, most notably on the economic situation and living conditions in the country making them struggle everyday to survive.

Sami has been working in the field of floor grinding and polishing since 1975, with great experience and a good reputation among the other craftsmen. He used to have two floor grinding and polishing machines as his son George used to help...


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Hair Salon


Like many Syrian women, Reem chose to stand by her husband Elian and help him make a decent living for their two sons, Laith (14 years old) and Ghaith (12 years old). 

In 2012, her family was displaced from their house in Al-Waar neighborhood to their hometown “Rabah” where they had to rent an apartment and stay for five years, during that period, the family’s house in Homs was severely damaged after it had been stolen.

When everything settled down, Reem and...


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Beauty Salon


With all the heavy responsibilities she’s carrying on her shoulders, Reem has always done her best to cover all of her three daughters’ needs during the absence of her husband who traveled in a search of a work opportunity. 

Since she was young, Reem has loved working in the field of beauty and attended many courses to develop her skills. Before the war, she worked as a teacher for seven years but during those years, this job never made her forget...


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Taxi


Wissam is an electrical engineer, he is a married man and a father of three daughters; Georgette (10 years old), Angel (8 years old) and Barbara (5 years old). He used to work in an engineering office, which he had opened with his friends until the cruel war changed everything. 

In 2013, Wissam and his family had to experience a whole new life after being displaced from their house in Al-Hamidia; they moved to the city of Damascus where they rented...


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Wall Painting Equipment


Manhal lives with his brother Akram (58 years old) and his two sisters; Caroline (56 years old) and Sanaa (53 years old) in their parents’ house. He is a wall painter since 1997 and has been always known for the quality of his work and wide experience in this profession. His brother Akram is a wall painter too and they work together to provide for the family. 

After the war, his business was affected badly by the power shortages, which prevented...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


“The war took many years from me, and now I’m trying to establish a new life from the beginning!” 

Those were Johnny’s words, who spent 10 years of his life serving in the army; he lives with his wife Marah who is a university student and he is the sole breadwinner. 

When he finished his service, he immediately started looking for an opportunity to work; in February 2021, he had the chance to work as a salesman for a painting factory, although...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Antoine has been working as a floor tiler since 1997, he lives with his wife Suheir, their son Cristian (14 years old), and their daughter Eliana (11 years old) in a rented apartment and he is the family’s sole breadwinner. 

In 2011, Antoine lost all of his equipment at a construction site in Baba Amr neighborhood because of the war and since then, he has been using some simple tools, which became worn out and its frequent break-downs decreased his productivity, much less the shortage of energy that hindered his work a lot. 

Compensating for his loss by supporting him with new equipment and an electric generator will improve his income and give him and his family the chance to settle down. 

Mini-Market


Shireen studied translation at the University of Homs; in 2018, she had the chance to work for a travel agency until the devastating war started and she was deprived of her job. During the war, she did her best to find a suitable job but unfortunately, all her efforts went in vain! 

Despite the lack of opportunities, Shireen didn’t give up and decided to start her own project to help her husband in providing for their family. 

8 years ago, she opened...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


When he finished his 9 years long service, in 2019, he found himself jobless without any work experience just like many Syrians who lost their opportunity to establish a life because of the cruel war. 

Hani is a married man and a father of two; a boy Issa (5years old) and a girl Sham (2years old), his wife Mais who works as a teacher, has always supported him and they are working together to ensure their small family a dignified life. 

Hani...


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