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

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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Sewing Workshop


For 18 years, George Abd Almassih worked in the clothes sale business, the long years of experience made the 55-years-old man familiar with all aspects of the clothes manufacturing and distribution field. The recent years of war had its daunting impact on the industry but George had always been determined to defy the hardships and stay in the domain that he loves and chose to be in for approximately 2 decades. However, the economic restrictions were not the sole effect...


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Naeem Ahmar is 43 years old, together with wife Rima, the couple were blessed with their son George (7 years old). 

Naeem is a paperwork facilitator, he has been working in this domain since 2000, he first started with an office specialized in this field, but when the war started in 2011-2012, the office was closed down and Naeem worked independently since then. However, in this field of work a practicing license is required and Naeem didn’t have one, which made...


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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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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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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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Aluminum Workshop


Karim Ward is a craftsman that is specialized in customizing Aluminum doors, windows and all kinds of home items. He also is a father of three sons; Michael, Andre and Peter. The war not only brought destruction to their 5th floor house, but also torn apart his family when the twins had to leave their parents and younger brother and go to Lebanon couple of years after the start of the war. The family moved to a relative’s house. 

Karim is...


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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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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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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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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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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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Flower Shop


Elie lives with his two brothers and sister in the family's house after the unfortunate death of their parents. 

He is a florist from Homs city and has a long history with this artistic profession; his start was back in 1998 when he worked at flower shops until he mastered this job and began to get offers, which allowed him to build good relations and to become a well-known name in this field. 

Working with other shops secured him a decent income...


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Mobile Phones Maintenance


After finishing high school, George studied for a year at the institute of industries but couldn't continue his studies and searched for work. He tried working in many fields until in 2008, he found a job in mobile phone maintenance and focused on that career as a source of livelihood.

In 2010, George joined the military service, which, unfortunately, lasted for eight years because of the cruel war; during the service, he had the chance to attend a specialized course in...


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Nail Care Kit


Yara is her parents' first child, who decided to help her father by working and covering her expenses; she lives with her family of six; her parents, and three siblings in Fairouza village.

The ambitious young lady has many talents! In 2012, Yara joined the ladies' football team in Fairouza and she was able to make many achievements. She didn’t stop at this point and in 2020, Yara started forging her own career path, when she learned about nail care at a...


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Car Repairing Workshop


After working for many years in car repairing, Hanna was still unable to start his own workshop. He is his parents' only son and provider, they live together in the family's house in Fairouza village, where he decided to settle down and take care of them. 

Hanna left school and started working at a young age; he worked in farming until 2013, then he had the chance to travel to Libya and learn about car repairing, and as it was known,...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Before the war, Nazih used to have a mini-winch and this was his way to ensure his wife and their two children a decent life. 

Changing his profession was a real challenge, but it wasn't an option for him after he lost the main machines of his work when the two mini-winches he had were stolen from a construction site in Sadad village, and in order to provide for his family, being the sole breadwinner, in 2014, Nazih learned floor-tiling from...


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Mini-Cultivator-Agricultural Project


Shamso used to work in Lebanon as a wall painter, but due to the lack of opportunities there, then the unfortunate death of his father, he went back home to take care of the family's land of grapevines and olive trees.

He is a married man and a father of three sons, he lives with his family and his mother where he is the sole provider. Shamso's story is all about striving and hard work; in 2017, he sold a part...


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Spray Painting Equipment


Hassan and Wissal got married in 1996, they are parents of George (16 years old). Hassan is a wall painter, he learned about this profession a long time ago and loved it as there's a sense of art in it. As time passed, he acquired the needed skills through working with many well-known craftsmen until he became able to work independently and he gained another experience throughout the years and began working in the field of decoration too. 

Everything was going...


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Plumbing Equipment


The vicious war unexpectedly changed people's lives and the main challenge was how to cope with the changes and survive the severe economic crisis. 

Satea used to work as a supervisor in an oil factory and quit this job to run his own business that he thought it would ensure him a better income. 

However, when the war began in Homs, Satea took his wife and their three children and fled to Zaidal village where he opened a clothes shop. In 2012,...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Diab lives with his wife and their two sons in a rented apartment, he is the sole provider and floor tiling is the only source of livelihood for the family. 

His career started back in 2000, but not having the needed equipment forced him to borrow or work with other tilers, which of course limited his opportunities and negatively affected his income despite the great experience he possess in his profession. 

However, after the war, the economic conditions have become very hard,...


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Mini-Cultivator-Agricultural Project


George is a farmer who has always aspired to improve the production of his grapevine land and worked very hard to achieve that goal. He is the sole provider for his wife and their two baby girls and the small family lives in their home village Maskanah.

George worked in his father's land since he was young, which is equipped with a good water supply through a well and a drip irrigation system that waters all the vines across the land.

However,...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Majed lives with his wife and their 14-year-old daughter and he is their sole provider. He is a floor tiler since 1985 and has worked between Lebanese and Syrian cities with great experience in this profession.

Thankfully, the small family wasn't exposed to the horrors of the cruel war, but just like all the Syrian families, the economic crisis heavily affected their living and as a result, Majed was no longer able to cover their daily needs nonetheless to start renewing his equipment, which was worn out and affected the productivity.

Majed applied for new equipment in order to improve his work conditions and income and ensure a dignified life for his family during the hard situation of the country. 

Ceiling Décor


Hani's equipment became very old and worn out that it started affecting his work productivity, while unfortunately, buying new equipment was not a possible option for him during the severe economic crisis in the country. 

Hani lives with his wife Rita and their daughters Sandy and Nancy and they are both university students.

The financial burdens of life were growing every day and the hardworking man didn’t have the chance to improve his work. 

Supporting him with the equipment he needs will allow him to get a decent income, especially after having the electric generator, which will secure the sustainability of business.

Sewing workshop


Christine Fanouneh is 39 years old, she lives with her mother and brother in Jaramana, Damascus suburbs.

During her childhood, Christine lived in a very harmful environment as her father used to abuse her mother on daily basis in front of her and her sister, her brother was born with Down’s syndrome in addition to many health problems which made him in a continuous of medication and lots of love, care, and attention that the family was missing.

When Christine and her...


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Elie Istanboly, 30 years old, is like many young men of his age who had to spend years of the war facing dangers and horrors during their military service, and in Elie's case, it took nine difficult years of his youth.

Before the war began, Elie worked as a taxi driver and after he was discharged in 2019, he wanted to learn a profession so he could have a career for the future and make up for the previous years.

Elie started...


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Hassan Jolan, 33, didn’t have the chance to work or learn any profession after turning into his twenties because he was called for military service. He thought it would be a short period and pass in peace, but he did not know that a fierce war would strike his country to steal nine years from his life in which he had to be far from his family and friends under very difficult circumstances until his discharge in 2019.

He went home...


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Mobile Maintenance


At the age of five, the life of Adeeb Haddad completely changed from a young child living in a safe environment with his parents to a homeless orphan moving from house to house.

His father's death in 2001 put his mother in a state of grieving and shock and also affected Adeeb who lost security and stability. Their financial conditions were very bad as his mother wasn’t working, so they moved to live with their relatives until his mother decided to...


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Plumbing Workshop


Often, we are born to encounter many life obstacles, but the defining point is either giving up or challenging and accepting these obstacles and continuing our lives while we are full of hope and optimism, which was the choice of thirty-two-year-old Johnny Mardini.

Johnny was born into a humble family consisting of a hardworking father who worked day and night for the sake of his family and a loving mother who did everything she could to give love and care, especially...


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Nuts Shop


losing her husband at the age of 26, and being responsible for a newborn baby at the same time is tough for any woman to handle, but Nancy Alshoufi decided to direct her love and care to her baby who will grow up without his father's support.

Her in-laws were also in great shock as they lost their son at a very young age, Nancy decided to keep living with them trying her best to look after them after their huge...


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Behind the great amount of sadness and calamities that Fahed has been through in his life, there is a loving, confident heart and a solid will to improve himself and save his family from their tragic situation.

Fahed Farah, 34, is a caring husband and father of two sons; Farah, born in 2017, and Charbel born in 2019. He lives along with his family in a dilapidated flat in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood.

At the beginning of his twenties, Fahed was called to the...


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Detergents and Plastics Store


Wadie Abou Assaleh, a 60-year-old man, is married to Claire and they have two sons George who since his born in 1994 suffers from a mental disability, and Elias born in 1991. 

From 1985 to 2011 Wadie worked as a goldsmith along with his brother at their workshop but after the outbreak of the war, their profession was affected badly. Hence, his brother traveled abroad and Wadie was forced to close the workshop and work as a private driver for an...


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Mini-market


As long as you keep smiling in the face of your difficulties, life will reward your great hope. 

Simon Tannous is 44 years old, he is married and has two adorable girls, Hala born in 2008, and Lana born in 2013.

Simon and his family live in a small rented flat in Kashkoul and he also works in his mini-market in the same area.

He was an employee as a driver at the construction administration in Damascus since 1996, but his low income...


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Carpentry Workshop


Sometimes the only thing that can keep you fighting, is believing that one day everything is going to be better.

Najeh Ajaiby, 52, has never stopped believing that good things are coming on his way.

he is originally from Egypt and came to Syria in 1997 looking for better work opportunities, so he started to work in his profession as a carpenter in different workshops. Soon after he got married to Samar AL-Abdoun and had three children Ruba, Fadi, and Mina.

Najeh worked...


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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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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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