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

Furniture Upholstery


The will of Issa was stronger than the war conditions; the 62 years old man didn't stop working throughout the war, despite losing his job and his entire machines and tools. He worked as a Peddler on a mini pick-up truck to cover the expenses and needs of his house.

"I had to work day and night in any job in order to provide for my family's needs with all the difficult conditions and with simple resources so as not to...


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Sewing Workshop


“We can’t surrender, we must continue our daily strife, it’s our destiny”.

Lina is a 55 years old mother of 2 kids who suffered a lot during the last decade, her family had to be displaced to another house provided by the local church after their home was damaged and the area became unhabitable due to the control of armed groups.

Lina used to work in many sewing workshops since she was young, she has more than 25 years of experience in...


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Resin Molds


The war changed the lives of many because of the losses suffered, but each person should look for the silver linings, as was the case with Samir. 2013 was the year that prompted him to decide to sell his damaged home at a symbolic cost and travel to Lebanon to start a new life.

He chose a pretty unique career of hand-made souvenirs and religious art pieces. This artisan is also the father of six children and the only provider of...


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Electricity Tools


Since he was just a kid, Wajih used to watch his electrician father repairing all kinds of gadgets and making them functional again, his curiosity and passion led him to fall in love with this career.

Now, after 29 years, Wajih who is a father of two children became one of the best electricians, he continued working with his father and gained a great experience day after day.

During the war, he suffered a lot due to the electricity blackouts for many...


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Sewing Workshop


Hard work is the most important key to success. Achievements without hard work are impossible. 

Ramez tried his best to get enough experience in sewing while working in many workshops. Since 1992, the 60-years-old Ramez has been working on tailoring and was able to open his own workshop in AL- Ramousseh. The most difficult part was yet to come, as a result of the war, his workshop was closed and all his machinery was stolen.

In many ways, and despite the difficulties...


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Photography Gear


A good shot keeps the moment from fading away.

This sentence drives George the 19-year-old, a first-year student of informatics engineering, full of enthusiasm, talent, and creativity to embark on the marketplace early in his life and encourage him to be more than a student.

Since he was a child, he wanted to help his sick father to provide a better life for the family, therefore he worked with him in a pastry factory for 7 years.

5 years ago, when he was...


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Taxi


“Once we know that life is difficult- once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult,” Joseph said. I’ve been through a lot in my life, my exposure to several injuries as a result of the war, and the martyrdom of my father by a sniper's bullet made me a stronger person fighting to live in peace. 

Joseph is a young man, 29 years old, newly married after the end of his military service, lives with his mother...


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Hair Dressing


“Whether you served in the military for 8 years or more, deciding what to do with the rest of your life may feel both exciting and overwhelming, it is entirely up to you,” Joseph said.

Returning to reality also posed many challenges for Joseph. It was difficult for him to begin a new career so he decided to return to the profession that he practiced from the beginning of 2004 until he started serving in the military in 2011.

While many young...


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Sewing Workshop


“Despite the hard circumstances, I still insist on continuing towards improving my living conditions”, Hanaa is a mother of four children, The hardship of life and the injustice of war forced her to live far from her children and to dedicate her life to raising her youngest daughter all alone.

17 years ago, her husband left her alone with four children, making her the only one responsible for the family. Her sole support was herself and her strong experience in her...


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Taxi


Rami is a young ambitious man, who spent over 10 years serving in the military on the front lines, which caused him several harmful injuries to his leg and hand.

Before the war started, he used to work as a computer teacher in a private institute, but unfortunately due to the recruiting, he lost his job for 11 years. After finishing the service, he found himself far from technological development.

Rami started to catch up with the needed skills again. At the...


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Photography Gear


Photography is the art of making memories tangible

With that quote, Paul Kevork started his story; the father of two children started his career in the photography field 33 years ago, his good reputation made him popular among photographers, so he used to work with many famous studios and also as a freelancer.

Just before the war, Paul bought the latest equipment and continued developing his work, until the start of the crisis when the majority of studios closed and he became jobless....


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Taxi


Wajdi, a 31-year-old man, is from a small village in the countryside of Hama; “Ayyo” is a simple rural village whose residents traditionally work in agriculture, and that's what Wajdi did, in addition to some construction work before he was recruited into the military.

His family's livelihood was good before the war started, they used to own a taxi that Wajdi and his father used to drive to increase the family income.

But unfortunately during the war, Wajdi's father was kidnapped in...


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Mobile Phones Maintenance


Raji left his home village after he graduated from high school and headed to the city of Homs seeking a thriving career. 

In 2018, he moved to Homs and settled down with his friends in a rented apartment and worked in a restaurant for 10 months in order to cover his expenses while he was learning mobile phone maintenance by attending specialized courses and also through the internet. Then, he found an opportunity in a mobile phone store, where he practiced...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Hassan's career started in 1980, between Syria and Lebanon, which enriched his skills and strengthened his experience in the field of tiling.

When he lost his equipment during the war, like many craftsmen in Homs, he worked on his own car as a driver just to provide for his wife and their three children being their sole support in life, and by time, he managed to buy some simple tools and resume practicing his profession. 

Using these modest tools nowadays wasn't enough to work properly, and he couldn't buy new equipment due to the high prices, while he was barely able to cover their daily needs.

This initiative helped him have all the essential equipment to continue and save the family's only source of livelihood. 

Graphic Design and Printing Services


When his work as an employee was no longer ensuring him a decent income, Wassim decided to utilize his skills in graphic design, which he gained by attending specialized courses with lots of practice and took that field as a source of livelihood.

He lives with his wife Seba who is a school teacher, and their four-year-old son Taim in a rented apartment, and the young couple are working hard to guarantee their boy a good and stable life.

In 2018, Wassim...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Floor tiling has been Bassam's only way to provide for his family since 1973, with a great experience that he gained by working in many cities around the country.

He is a married man and a father of four; with 3 daughters and a son, and the sole breadwinner of the family.

He applied to the Micro Projects Program hoping to compensate for the equipment which he lost during the war; because borrowing it from the other craftsmen has become impractical and it took a lot of time to finish his work while buying new equipment was unaffordable.

Now, Bassam will be able to improve his income and ensure his big family a decent life.

Electrical Installation Equipment


Due to the deteriorated economic situation, and the difficulty of providing a sufficient livelihood, Simon had to leave school and start working with an electrician in 2017 and continued working with him for 3 years, until he learned the profession and acquired the needed skills to work on his own.

The cruel war left the young man with a devastating memory when he was kidnapped while escaping his home village Al-Qaryatein, after this incident, Simon suffered from diabetes.

Today, he lives with...


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Car Calibration Workshop


Kevork spent more than fifty years practicing his profession of car calibration and until this day, the hard-working man is still giving his family all his love and support.

He is married and a father of three, two sons, and a daughter; this family used to live in Bab Al-Sebaa neighborhood in Homs where the skilled man opened his first workshop back in 1975, in the industrial area and everything was going well.

His eldest son George used to help him; in...


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Beauty and Tattoo


Ranim is her mother's only hope and support in life, the young lady runs a small beauty salon, where she provides tattoo and nail care services with the help of her friend and this salon is Ranim and her mother's only source of livelihood.

She attended many courses in the field of tattoo and beauty and her start was very simple from a room at home until she managed to open her salon in December 2021.

The heavy burdens of life and being the sole responsible for the house deprived her of improving the old tools and equipment in addition to lacking the needed materials. 

Equipping Ranim's salon with the essential requirements will help her ensure a better income and save the project that she has always worked hard to guarantee its success and continuity. 

Floor Tiling Equipment


After his 10 years of military service, Toni who is the one responsible for his elderly parents did his best to resume working in floor tiling which is the profession he learned and practiced for 4 years.

Although he didn’t have the main equipment for floor tiling, he worked with other craftsmen to ensure his family a decent income, especially since the head of the family, his father, was no longer able to work due to his health condition as he...


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Beauty Salon


Yasmine's family was living in a warm house that they filled with their happy laughs and shared together a peaceful life. Unfortunately, in 2011 the vicious war started and stole the good days they were used to, turning their house into a sad quiet place.

The tragedy happened when her only brother was kidnapped in 2012, and the elderly father became the sole breadwinner. However, everything was changed in a blink of an eye and the family didn’t expect to experience...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Nothing can compensate for Moutaz's big losses because of the vicious war; losing 9 years of his life was not a big deal compared to losing his only brother as a martyr. 

Moutaz joined the army back in 2010 and experienced the terrors of war and its battlefields, he was discharged in 2019 with an injury in the knee and an unknown future.

He immediately searched for a job then he was employed in a foodstuff factory, he worked in goods distribution...


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Nail Care Kit


Sally couldn't just sit and watch when the economic crisis intensified, she decided to learn a profession that would allow her to help her family and cover her expenses.

In 2021, she attended a nail care course where she obtained the needed skills but unfortunately, her family's financial abilities were limited and she couldn't purchase the kit to start her own project. A few months later, Sally found that even though she didn’t have the main equipment, she would improve her...


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Graphic Design and Advertising


Fadi is a graphic designer with great skills he acquired through long hours of practicing and hard work. His father, who is 71 years old has become no longer able to provide for their big family leaving this responsibility to his only son.

Today, Fadi lives with his parents and three sisters in a rented apartment and the ambitious young man is doing his best to build up a bright future. 

Since his start in this field, in 2017, he used to...


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Perfume and gifts shop


For most of his life, Mousa Fares was struggling to support his family and keep them from need and poverty.

He is 38 years old and lives with his old parents and his brother in a 40-meter flat in Jaramana, yet he is always thankful to God for all the blessings in his life.

Before the crisis, Mousa was working at a beverages store in Jaramana and his income was enough to meet his household costs but during the war, two explosions...


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Make-up and nail beauty


Tolay Kashy is a 27-year-old woman, she is single and lives with her mother in an old and small flat in Kashkoul.

when she was only twelve, her father passed away after suffering from lung poisoning from an injury in the army, leaving her and her mother alone and without a supporter.

she saw her mother struggling for many years to provide the basic living needs and all she wanted was to help her, so as soon she became 18, she started...


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Taxi


Khalil Mikhail is 51 years old, married, and has three children, Antoun, Nicolas, and Marian. he was living with his family in Hineh village and working as a driver and worker in the municipality of Hineh. 

During his duty, he fell on his head from 6 meters high and needed 35 stitches to close his wound but as soon as he recovered, he returned to his hard work where he used to carry 150kg jute sacks of anise daily which affected...


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Taxi


"Every loss in life could be compensated except for health"

This is how Sohail Maydaa 44, expressed his tragedy

Sohail is married to Afaf Dheifo and has two adorable daughters Mariam and Ritta, he worked hard to secure them a decent living. Sohail's financial situation was not stable, but they were satisfied and thankful to God for everything in their life.

Unfortunately, the year 2012 had the greatest impact on this family, as the birth of his daughter Rita coincided with the survival of...


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Pickup Truck


Gaby Abou Samra is 45 years old, he is married to Christine Kassab and they have a son, Sharbel born in 2007, and a daughter Jouel born in 2010.

Before the war, Gaby and his family were living in a peaceful and secure environment because he was working as a plumber and sanitary supervisor, his workshop was in Almleiha area in the countryside of Damascus. 

Gabi was working hard and he had many customers which made him in a good financial situation.

however,...


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Taxi


Issam Heilaneh is 28 years old living with his mother and sister in a rented small flat in Jaramana, Damascus suburbs.

He used to live with his family in Heineh village, his father passed in 2007 after long suffering from heart disease leaving Issam responsible for his mother and sister.

Issam left school at a very young age and began to do any job available to afford his family's living expenses because they were living in a poor financial situation. During the...


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Taxi


Firas Al-Rasheed is an ambitious young man who did not allow the years of war to waste his life. Despite all the horrors of the war that he went through, he was determined to continue close to his family.

Firas' father was working as a janitor in the monastery of St. Ibrahim Al-Khalil in Kashkoul, he did his best to afford his family a decent living and educate his two sons.

when the security and economic conditions began to deteriorate, Firas decided...


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Pick-up truck


Amer Shehadeh is a 32-year-old young man, who lived within a humble family that used to work and support each other to continue in life.

since he was twenty, Amer didn't hesitate to do any work to help with the house demands; he worked as a cleaner and many other jobs to have additional income. unfortunately, the war broke down to end his endeavor, as he was called for military service where he spent more than a decade of his life...


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Mini-van


Bassam Gerges, 60 years old, is married to Aida Haddad, and they have four daughters, who, as he put it, are the most valuable thing in his life.

For over thirty years, Bassam worked hard, trying as much as possible to provide the means of livelihood for his family and get his daughters to university. His dream was for his girls to be educated and independent to prove their success in life without the help of anyone.

Bassam was working in a...


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Taxi


For over twenty years, Tanous Qadmous 55, was struggling to provide his family with the best possible living. 

He is married with two kids, Joseph born in 2000, and Jessy born in 2002, living along with his family in Alqseir village.

Tanous realized that his income was quite low so he moved to Damascus and started working as a barista man at a restaurant while his wife and kids stayed in the village. for many years Tanous sacrificed being far from his...


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Mini-market


"Nothing wrong with whatever you do for a living, as long as you do it with dignity"

This is what Ghazi Al-Nasir, 59 years old, has proven.

He is married and lives with his wife and two sons in a small modest flat in Jaramana, Damascus suburbs.

since 1995, Ghazi worked as a school janitor and for more than twenty years he didn't mind doing the hard cleaning work because his main concern was to secure a decent livelihood for his children and...


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Mini-market


The effects of the horrific war have reached everyone on several levels, but the biggest impact that we are suffering from is the people’s migration which most likely comes with very negative results such as the case of Michele Othman and his wife.

Michele is 47 years old, he is married to Fadia al-Jat, the couple used to handle all hardships together and even during the time of war, they faced danger and insecurity by supporting each other to pass that...


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