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

Supermarket


He is currently working in the JRS kitchen but his contract will expired in September. He lives in a rented house and he has one child; the church gives him a monthly payment. In addition to his work in the JRS kitchen he is working in a fast-food restaurant. Now he wants to have a mini supermarket to become more independent and have a stable income.

Sportswear Store


“I chose this kind of projects because I have a good experience in this domain and I worked in marketing for more than five years, also there isn't any sportswear stores in my area, but there are lots of young people who like to wear this style, I believe that this project would be very successful. Before the crisis, my siblings and I owned a sweets factory, Unfortunately, during the war, the factory was destroyed completely. However, we are still...


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Espresso and Refreshments


Anwar is married, he lives in his wife's grandmother’s house because he can’t afford to buy or rent a house on his own, he works in an old plumbing shop and the business is very slow; there’s a lot of plumbing shops in the same neighborhood therefore the income is little especially considering that he is the provider for his mum and brother. “I have a brother living abroad and he sends me some money every few months, but I need to feel self-dependent and this project is the only way so I can stand on my feet again.”

Dose


Jack and Joseph are two friends who lived the war circumstances together. During the war Jack’s family decided to leave the country and immigrate to Germany so they travelled to Lebanon and stayed there for a while, at the time Jack found a job in an Italian restaurant and he learned a lot about food making and he loved this business, when the visa arrived he refused to go with his family because he wanted to stay in Syria but...


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Men's Clothing Store


Jimmy lives with his parents, he works in distributing (hummus) for the shops, he has a brother who left Aleppo 4 years ago to find work and he is currently in Tartous working in cloth distribution; the rents there are cheaper but there is no population density. “before the war we had a printer in Bustan Al-Basha but the whole building was ruined during the war, we spent all our life savings on establishing this printer and it’s all gone.” The mother...


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Taxi


Jean is married and has 2 boys, “During the war we were displaced to Lebanon and we stayed there for 3 months, then we decided to come back to Aleppo, one day my wife went to pick up some grocery and a mortar shell fell next to her; the splinters pierced her body everywhere and she had a long recovery process, the nerves in her left hand are still damaged and her hip was also injured.” Jean is telling his story with...


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Taxi


Sobhi is newly married, living in a rented house; which is in a very bad state, he works in a printing shop but the business is slow. Sobhi used to work in his father’s shop in Sheikh-Maksoud, but during the war the equipment got robbed and the shop was ruined. “When I decided to get married the church helped me and I found this job, I spend most of the time at my parents’ house because my house is very small. Before the...


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Ironsmithing Workshop


George had an ironsmithing workshop in Ramoseh area that he had to sell when things started to get dangerous there, one time he went to the shop and found his equipment gone, then he got employed in a paper factory; shortly afterwards the factory got ruined and he was unemployed and without any income for his family of a wife and three children who are still in school. “Now I work for the churches when they need any maintenance works, I have monthly payments on my house for the bank, I wish with the help of this initiative to rent a workshop and work as a blacksmith again especially that my old customers still know me and they are encouraging me to reopen.”

EAT


Jean is married and he has 2 daughters, he used to have a fast food restaurant in Sryan-Adime but he had to close it because the people of this area left and they were displaced because it became too dangerous to stay there during the war. “when the restaurant closed I took my family and left to Jordan and I tried to work there but we didn’t feel very welcomed so we came back to Aleppo and I worked for a...


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Taxi


Youssef is studying economics at the university, he lives with his mother, sister, brother and his uncle. His father passed away and the sister started working in a tailoring workshop, the brother was serving in the military when he got injured in his leg; the recovery process took more than 3 months. “we were displaced from our house because it was ruined in the war, I lost my father after a mortar shell hit him while he was walking in the street;...


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Tailoring Machines


Nojoud lives with her mother and she is currently engaged, the mother used to work in the tailoring business and Nojoud inherited this love for the tailoring from her, she worked in the summer school for Al-Enaye; she also works in tailoring workshops in the summer with her brother who has a big experience in this field. “the whole family works in this business; my brother recently opened his own workshop with some savings but it still needs machines and I want to work with him and make my own income especially that I’m starting a new life.” These machines will be very useful for this family; the married brother and Nojoud with their mother, and will help her providing a livelihood income for 3 homes.

Car Repairing


Hanna is married and he has two daughters (one is 2 years old and the other is 6 months). “I was serving in the army when I got injured; the bomb’s fractions hit all over my body which caused many disabilities. My main job is a taxi driver, I am the family’s sole provider but after the injury it got harder to work on this car; firstly because it is very old and it needs repairing, and secondly because it also needs some modifications to become suitable for my condition.” Now they are living in the wife’s parents house and the church is helping them with a small monthly payment. This initiative will help this family to get back on its feet.

Plumbing Requirements Shop


Iyad didn’t have the chance to establish his own life after spending nine years of his life serving in the army.

 15 years ago, when Iyad was still young, Iyad used to help his father who is a plumber, and worked with him for a long period of time. 

During his service, he had an accident that caused him  herniated disc injury; ands since then his health condition prevented him from doing many activities and when he finished his service in June...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Émile started his career as a floor tiler in 1990, he lives with his wife Rania and their youngest daughter, Joelle (13 years old), whereas their older two children moved out after marriage. 

The war had left him a scar, to remind him of its cruelty when one day, he went out to bring food for his family and got shot in the arm, thankfully, his injury wasn’t dangerous, but after this incident, his family decided to leave Homs for a while...


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Men's Clothes Shop


Before the war, Mouna used to work as a teacher, she was living a peaceful life with her husband who is a civil engineer, and their three children. Like all the families who were living in Al-Hamidia, this family was displaced to a small village near Homs called Fairouza. 

Displacement was not the only impact left by the war in this family’s life, their house in Al-Hamidia was severely damaged and the office that Mouna’s husband had established from scratch was...


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Packaging Materials Shop


There was no other choice left for Antoine but to go back home after he lost his job in the UAE due to the COVID-19 spread. He didn’t give up despite what happened and with some money he saved he opened a packaging materials shop which was the only one in the area and used to cover all the needs for these goods. 

Antoine lives today with his parents and sister, lately, his income started to become insufficient as his small...


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Sewing Workshop


Ghada has been working as a seamstress since 2004, she lives with her husband and their youngest son Aphram, while their other two sons traveled abroad seeking better chances. 

In 2017, Ghada started her first workshop with very simple capabilities and within a very short period, she managed to create good relations with many clients and became well-liked in the neighborhood. 

With the bad economic circumstances in the country, many people tended to fix their old clothes as buying new ones became...


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Sewing Workshop


Behind each closed door, there’s a story to be told and someone who needs to be heard.

This devastating story happened with a Syrian family who were living a peaceful life until the cruel war visited their warm house and stole the joy from their lives! Today, Antoinette lives with her husband Rafeh (74 years old) alone, after they lost their son George during the war, while their two children traveled abroad seeking a better life. 

Unfortunately, in 2015, their house was...


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Taxi


When Samer’s family left their home village “Al-Dwair”, they didn’t know that they would leave with no return! This family lost their only house and fled into the unknown, away from the falling projectiles and all the horror they suffered, to start a new life from scratch in a rented apartment in the city of Homs.

Today, Samer lives with his wife Rihab, and their three sons; Elie (15 years old), Mike (12 years old) and Yazan (9 years old). 

He works...


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Photography


In 2011, Tarek and his wife Hanan had no other choice but to leave everything behind. After losing their house in the city of Homs; they fled to their home village “Outan” where he rented a small shop and continued working. 

He is a photographer since 2001, his wife is a teacher and they have a four-year-old twin; a girl and a boy. 

2017 was the year when Tarek and Hanan decided to return home and start a new life for the...


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Graphic Design Equipment


Since he was young, Maurice always dreamed of studying architectural engineering; he graduated from high school during a period when his family was going through tough circumstances and he couldn’t fulfill his dream. This ambitious young man didn’t have another choice but to study physics, although he wasn’t interested in this domain, he tried to improve his skills in 3D drawing and started working on his old laptop. In 2015, he had the chance to work as a graphic designer...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Mikhail’s life had changed when he was diagnosed with an arterial embolism in his right leg, which made even doing the regular activities a painstaking work to him. 

He lives with his family in a rented apartment; he couldn’t stay without work and despite the doctors’ warnings, he was obliged to continue working in his exhausting profession as a wall-painter. Being the sole breadwinner for his wife and two children, this was his only way for making a living. 

Lately, Mikhail’s health...


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Mini-Market


Like many in his age, the devastating war stood in Shadi’s way and prevented him from building his own future! The only choice left for him was leaving his country. This is how this young man traveled to Antigua, trying to make good living off of working in the field of catering and restaurants for 4 years. 

Unfortunately, during that period, the cruel war had its effect on his family; his father got injured by a shell, which prevented him from...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


The post-war period affected all aspects of life and Syrians are struggling every day to make a living! 

Shadi is a floor tiler, in 2012, he lost his main equipment and had to start all over again. He is the only provider for his wife Marcel, his daughter Naya and his son Ibrahim and they are living in a rented apartment.

He couldn’t stay without a job and with some money he had, he managed to buy used equipment which allowed him...


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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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