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

Hair and makeup salon


Like a broken record the struggle of Syrian families has been playing again and again for a long time now even though the armed fight is over but it seems that the collateral damage continues to put the remaining Hope out and diminishes the dreams of a brilliant future for people like Rita and her father Jack among many.

What a 10-year-old war can do to a small business is excruciating. Jack the 56 years old well experienced hairdresser saw his...


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Make up and Nail’s kit


Shoushig and her husband Leon, saved each penny to achieve their dream of having an apartment of their own and raise their two lovely kids Titar and Mardo.

But the war forced them to give up on this apartment, and search for another one in a safe area, and far from the shells.

Her husband works as a driver, and to help him with the family livelihood, in 2012, Shoushig started working as a make-up artist from home. First she attended a...


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Blacksmithing workshop


Starting from scratch, losing his brother, serving in the military for four years, made being the sole provider for a whole family, seem nothing compared to all those agonies for Jamil. 

After he was discharged from the military. Jamil began taking care of his sick father, who was suffering from cancer for several years before losing his battle with illness. 

The death of his father and brother, those who were always supportive of him, caused him a big shock in his life....


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Mini pick-up truck


Losing home, career, and starting over is a tragedy that many people had to face, especially in times of war, one of them is Subhi, who lost his house and he and his family became displaced.

These circumstance forced him to desperately search for a safe roof over his head, so he moved over to another governorate to MashtaAl-Helou, and worked there for 6 years in the same domain his been in for years; tiling, to later on, when the situation got better,...


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Taxi


Many people have lost their property during the war, when most of them had to sell their homes and cars, trying to survive at a time when finding a job become difficult.

George says: “I lost the only thing I have ever owned when I sold my car, trying to save emigration money, searching for safety for my family, hoping that by leaving Syria I can build a better future for them, but unfortunately, we lost our opportunity to emigrate and...


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Car Mechanics workshop


Serving in the military for more than 9 years has forced many young men to leave their jobs and change their lives, which led to the loss of the opportunities to gain vocational experience, but Hovhannes didn't want to give up on building a career and he wanted to restore his previous experience and return to his profession and practice it again.

Back in the day, Hovhannes worked in the field of car maintenance for about 8 years. He lost hope...


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Sewing Machines


Berjouhi's family has become small after all of her children have scattered around the country due to the horrific shells falling around their house, causing at times little damages to their apartment, and affecting their psychological state immensely, to the point that Berjouhi's son decided to leave Aleppo and join his sister in another governorate in search of safety.

But Berjouhi stayed at her home with her husband, who works in a metal lathing workshop, and despite her age and the...


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Sewing Machine at home


It is said that a mother spares no means to take care of her family and offer the best for her children and loved ones and sometimes does what seems to be impossible, like Siranoush. 

Siranoush's biggest challenge was the loss of her husband who passed away leaving her behind, to face life alone with no source of income no roof over her head and with the great responsibility of taking care of her disabled.

By the time her husband passed away...


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Furniture Upholstery


Life disappointed Joseph many times, one of which was when his wife's life was jeopardized after one of the mortar shells fell near their house while she was home. This painful incident destroyed Joseph’s wife’s life she had to go through nine surgeries to undo the damage was has caused. 

The second disappointment was the immigration of his five children, who have fled from the dangerous city of Aleppo to a safer place leaving their father behind. 

Despite all the challenges and...


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Sewing machines


Gracia and her husband's paths have crossed in the workplace, when they met as two teachers in a private school and together created a lovely family with tow children; a daughter Mirella and a son George. 

After retirement the couple felt helpless, on one side the livelihood expenses were four-folding on the other hand their pension was not enough to make them survive and taking action to improve their livelihood situation became  a necessity.

the war also cost the family the loss...


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Taxi


Working as a Taxi driver had a good impact on Elias the 55 years old, father of two (Marianne and Gabriel). It upgraded his lifestyle and made him feel more secure and content at least financially.

His start though was  in car maintenance (1988) in car maintenance but later he no longer worked in that domain as he sold the workshop and changed the course of his career.

In 2000, he rented his uncle’s car to be able to work and later...


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Mini pick-up truck


The 48 years-old Fares, is an ambitious person and wants to do his best, no matter what difficulties come in his way. His dream was to own a mini pick-up truck to work on in addition to his regular job at the university hospital.

Fares's previous working experiences were diverse, He used to work in laundry and ironing services, then in electrical maintenance and in 2011 he started to work in a hospital.

The war years were hard on fares and his...


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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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Mini-Cultivator - Agricultural Project


Life taught Maurice how to take responsibility for a family at a very young age after his father passed away. Since then, his mother Suzan who is a teacher did everything she could to compensate for her four children's great loss, and the whole family was depending on her salary for a living. 

Maurice is a 22-year-old veterinary student who lives with his mother, brother, and two sisters in a simple house in Ozeir village. He took upon himself the responsibility...


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Mini-Cultivator - Agricultural Project


Year after year, Murshed who is a floor tiler became no longer able to continue working the way he used to. While he was getting older, and being the only provider for his family, he started to focus more on farming to keep providing for them without needing any help.

He is a married man and a father of two; a daughter and a son. Living with his small family in their simple rural house in Ozair village; Murshed has worked...


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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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Irrigation System - Agricultural Project


Although he lost 7 years of his life serving in the army, Elias tried very hard to compensate for those years and worked with enthusiasm to build up a new life from scratch. After finishing his service, he returned to his home village Maskaneh and stayed with his elderly parents who needed his help and support. 

Since his father's health and age no longer allow him to work in farming, the 32 year old took the responsibility of his family's land...


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Mini-Cultivator-Agricultural Project


George is a farmer; he is the sole breadwinner for his wife, their 3 children in addition to his elderly father and his sister, he lives with his family in Ozeir village and he grows strawberries for a living. 

George heard about the Micro-Agricultural Projects Program and saw it as a great chance to improve his project during the hard economic circumstances in the country, so he applied for a mini-cultivator, which would make plowing the soil easier and a pesticide engine sprayer. 

With the great skills he has, his project was approved, now, he became able to develop his work and secure a better income for his family depending on the land that he has always loved.

Strawberry Seedlings- Agricultural Project


Bassel lives with his wife, their 12 year old  son and his elderly father in their home village Ozeir the home town of many generations of Jreij family.

its geographic location on the Syrian Lebanese boarders made Ozier's younger generation head to Lebanon to make their own ways through life and live experiences different from what their parents and grandparents were used to in their farm based community. Bassel was no exception, in 2001 he headed to Lebanon and pursued a...


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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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Photographer equipment


Siham Alsheikh, a 22-year-old woman, had a very difficult childhood as her parents were separated at the age of 12, so she, her mom, and little brother had to leave their house and move to live in a small room in Bab Touma in very difficult circumstances. They had to face the horrors of war by themselves with no one to turn into. From such a young age the twelve-year-old skipped being a child prematurely and found herself battling against...


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Hairdressing Salon


Every day, strong-will people impress us in life, as they continue fighting their difficulties no matter how hard they are especially in Syria where all the circumstances joined together to weaken the people’s will.

One of those people is Wafaa Alhelo, a 40-year- old woman, married with two children.

Since she got married, Wafaa worked in many fields in order to support her husband. She worked in wax coloring and embroidery, then in 2008 her husband became very sick and they had...


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Zircon installation workshop


At the age of 43, Elias Edsi works in the field of jewelry making. He's been in this field of work for over 20 years, devoting his life to his work and to taking care of his elderly parents.

In an old traditional Arabic house in Bab Toma, the three of them live and in a workshop, in Alqassa street he works as an employee setting zircon stones on jewelry all day long.

During the Syrian crisis, Elias’ career was affected badly,...


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Mini market


It was a magical power that enabled Syrians to pass the past ten years of the crises, many people were affected on the personal side and a few could survive, and that made our beneficiary Nazha Alqutami, one of the survivals.

Nazha is 53 years old, divorced, and has two daughters and a son. She suffered a lot within the crises in Syria, her brother was kidnapped and his whereabouts are still unknown. At the age of 18, her daughter Maria...


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Hairdressing and Make-up salon


Rania Sekareih, who is 48 year- old woman, married with three children, is the true example of women’s power in Syria.

Rania plays many roles in her kids’ life, the mother, the father, the tutor, and sometimes the friend. Her son, George is in the third year of architecture engineering college. Although he works after his college time to afford the high expenses of his study, yet his mother Rania is his biggest supporter of him. Her daughters Rozet and Jessica...


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Mini market


When we want to talk about strong will in life, Tamim Qablan is the perfect living example for that. Tamim is 35 years old, he is single and living with his parents in a modest apartment in Altabaleh. He suffered from polio since his childhood, which led to paralysis of the lower extremities but that didn't band him from working hard day and night in order to support himself and his family at the same time. More over, God gave...


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