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

347

Homs

106

Damascus

Coffee and Refreshments Shop.


George is married with two children (3 years old and one year old) and he’s recruited part time in the military. He used to work in a chemicals company but it was closed, his wife is an engineer who used to teach in the university. “Our house was in the Midan area which is very dangerous, the mortar bombs and missiles used to rain on our neighborhood; my wife was pregnant and she had a miscarriage because of fear when a bomb...


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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.”

Fast Food


Fareed is single, living with his parents and two sisters; one of them is a teacher and the other is a college student, he is currently working in a fast food place. “During the war I had to leave my studying and get two jobs in order to provide for my family; I worked in spare parts for cars in the morning and in this shop at night, my sister and I are the only working members in our home, my...


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Clothes' Accessories Workshop


George applied to receive support for opening a clothes’ accessories workshop. He had a rented workshop in Sheik Maqsoud area before the crisis began; it was destroyed, and the equipment were robbed. He’s currently a worker in another workshop. His father used to work at a factory outside Aleppo until he was kidnapped during the fighting and the family was asked for ransom. The father currently works in an ice cream shop during the summer. One of George’s brothers is recruited in...


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Daroz Espresso Shop


In 2006 Andraws’s father bought a shop to sell coffee but the shop was shut down after a short time because the owner had some financial issues and he travelled abroad before dealing with them. Recently the owner of the shop dealt with the financial issues and Andraws decided to reopen the shop to sell coffee which was the first idea. He finished his military service before a short time after a long service that lasted for eight years. He lives with his...


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Barber's Shop


The shop is in the Jabrye area, it was shut down for 4 years during war, there was a sniper in this area. The place now needs repairing and maintenance; the equipment is old and outdated and some of it was robbed because the glass frontal shattered so it was easy to break in and steal the stuff. “sometimes I go to open the shop then bombs and missiles fall nearby so I run out of the shop quickly. My wife was injured in her left hand by a mortar shell that fell on our house, I have three daughters all still in school” The wife is trying to find a job and the church is helping with the school payments. This shop can change this family’s life and give hope for a brighter future.

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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Mini Market


He is a married man who has two daughters. He takes aids from the Maristes and they also help him with the rent of his house. During the crisis he was hit by a missile when he was walking in the street which led to two major injuries in his head and his leg. Because of the injury in his right leg it became shorter and he cannot walk very well. He also has asthma. He had a shop for blacksmithing in Al-arkoub, and he stopped working there since the beginning of the crisis in Aleppo. He wants to have a mini market with an espresso machine to provide a stable income for his family. He is full of hope that someone will know about his suffering and will give him the needed help to start his life again despite all the difficulties that he had faced.

Mini Market


He is a single man who lives with his mother. He used to work in a shop to make jewelry before the crisis in Aleppo, but the owner of the shop travelled so he stopped working in this field. When his two brothers travelled out he had to work in the shop to help with the income. His father was kidnapped in 2014 while he was coming back from Kasab to Aleppo and they do not know any thing about him...


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Pastry Shop


I moved my job outside Aleppo because my workshop was in a very dangerous area almost fully ruined, but the equipment got stolen in the moving process and I lost the chance of a new beginning, now I need to start over once again but I still have the determination of being here and I hope to get back to work soon through the help of this initiative, and make something "sweet" out of this whole crisis.

Car Alternators Shop


Before the crisis my situation was as good as everyone else, I had some savings. During the crisis, I spent them,I used to live in a rented house in Midan, and now I live in a house provided for me by a friend. I’m married, and the provider of my family, my sister, and my mother. My mother has a retirement salary, and my sister started working not long ago. Business is currently not going very well, because of the...


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Supermarket


“I’m single and I live with my father and sister, my father is gravely sick and my sister can’t work because she looks after him.” They didn’t leave Aleppo at all since the crisis began 7 years ago. “I work in Aluminum crafting, it’s my main profession. I lost my job at the beginning of the war; my workshop was located on the fire lines in Midan. I started working in food distribution for charity organizations and sometimes merchants. On...


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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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