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.

Aluminum Workshop


He is a father for two girls their ages are 13 and 10. They live in a rented house in Al midan region which they moved to during the crisis because their area was endangered by the shells. He is now an employee in an Aluminum workshop but there are some problems at work and the salary is low, not enough to provide the needed amount of money for his family. He wants to open his own shop because it...


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Car Furnishing


Because of war and the difficult circumstances that the city of Aleppo has witnessed, we lost our shop which was the family’s only source of income. My brother who's surving in the military was shot by a sniper and I helped him with affording the costs of his medical bills, along side with the family expenses; all that put a lot of pressure on me, then I heard about this initiative and I felt that there's still hope to start again, turn the page of sorrows and have the chance to work and help my family.

Espresso and Smoothies Machines


I was displaced from my house in Al-meedan area after it got damaged, to my uncle’s house, I left my shop and became unemployed for six months,which was the hardest period of my life, then I worked at my uncle’s shop but I lost my customers and I need a better income because the profits are little and these machines will help me alot to provide a decent life for my family and try to overcome the hardships we went through.

Aluminum Workshop


We were displaced from Al- Saydeh Mountain and rented a small place through the help of CONGREGATION DES FRERES MARISTES. I was left with no job and two kids. I worked in several jobs just to provide income such as selling gas bottles, cleaning houses, cleaning chimneys, and anything I could find. This shop will be a new hope for me to start over after going through all this agony and to work in something that I actually like and know how to do well.

Sewing Shop


I used to work at several workshops in tailoring on the sewing machines, during the war crisis I worked in a shelter that belongs to my brother in law under my house, and I borrowed sewing machines and with the help of my husband "who also lost his job because of war" and my kids who help me after finishing their study at the university, we work hard and get by. My goal is not to get rich, rather not to have to beg anyone for money and to have a decent life for our family. We're a big family and we need every little help we can get.

Sewing Machine


My husband passed away from a disease and I became the sole provider for the family which has put a very heavy responsibility on my shoulders, I have to compensate for his absence.This work will help me providing well for my children and ensure they have a good life.

Plumbing Shop


I have worked in plumbing since 1992, I also worked as a blacksmith for a while but I got injured. Currently, I live with my wife, my daughter, my father and my mother-in-law and I’m the sole provider for the family. Earlier this year my mother passed away, she had a stroke and she was recovering from it in the village, her medicine was unavailable there so we called the doctor and he described another medicine which later turned on to be...


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Target Computer Center


Bassel and his brother, Eli, own a store for selling computer hardware and maintenance. During the crisis, the shop was substantially damaged by the fighting because of many shells that fell in its area, the shop was not closed however because they did not want to lose their customers. The income was tiny, and the families had no other resources. They were no longer capable of providing the shop with required equipment and products. The shop is the sole source of income for Eli with his family, Bassel who’s currently engaged and about to be married, and their mother. They applied for this grant to purchase products and required equipment for the store.

Cotton Clothes Shop


She is a single woman who lives with her brother and mother, and they are the providers for the family. Her brother fixes engines and dynamos. She has been working in a rented cotton underwear shop and it has been her job for 12 years. The main owner sold the shop to another person and now the new owner raises up the price of the monthly rent. The shop is too small and it is not enough for more goods which she...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Elias is a married man who has a son and a daughter. His main job is painting. During the war he sold his house and his car because of the lack of work and because he needed money to provide his family with the daily needs. He managed to send his son to study in Latakia and Because of his psychological condition, they returned him to live in Aleppo and the father lost everything he had. Now he wants to buy a Suzuki to work on and support his family.

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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Agricultural Vehicle


Mttanos and his family work together in their land, which has been their only source of livelihood for generations. He is a married man and a father of three; two sons who help him in farming and a daughter who is a school teacher.

The family planted different crops such as almonds, olives, grapes, and potatoes in order to benefit from its bounties around the whole year, but this variety requires special conditions to get good seasons like watering the trees...


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Water Tanker


Ramez lives with his wife and their daughter in addition to his elderly parents and sister in the family's house in Al-Hamra village. He was a school teacher besides his main work as a farmer and when he retired, back in 2018, the hardworking man dedicated all of his time to his land of almond trees. 

Ramez's land is divided into two parts, the first is planted with almond trees while the other part is planted with small seedlings and prepared...


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Central-Heating Installation


Zaki inherited this profession from his father and has been practicing it since 2004 with high-quality work and strong experience. 

He lives with his wife Rana who is a school teacher and the couple are parents of a five-year-old son called Émile and a one-year-old daughter called Heaven. 

When the war began, Zaki was still single and living with his parents; in 2012, he was displaced with them to Mashta Al-Helou village, while their house in Al-Hamidia was damaged and the majority...


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Taxi


Firas took responsibility from a young age and had to leave his university in order to work and take care of his elderly parents being their sole support in life. 

He is a single man, in 2020, he moved to Homs city where his older brother lives seeking a decent livelihood and to provide for his parents who stayed in their home village Sadad. 

Firas's experience as a driver began in Damascus city after he was forced to quit studying and work...


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Agricultural Vehicle


Even when being away from the terrors of the cruel war, no one was spared of its calamities. Although Al-Maamoura village wasn’t affected directly by the bombs and shells, however, its people suffered like all the Syrians from the difficult economic situation and their agricultural activity was heavily affected. 

Mansour is a farmer from Al-Maamoura village, he is a married man and a father of six, four daughters and two sons. He has a spacious land of almonds, which he inherited...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


In 2013, Salwan, his wife Rouba, and their two sons were displaced from their home in "Al-Dwair" village after it was attacked by the armed groups. They lost their house and decided to settle down in Homs city, so they rented an apartment in Al-Arman neighborhood.

The beginning was challenging, especially for a family who newly moved to the city and tried to start from scratch, on the other hand, they didn't have a choice but to adapt to the new...


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Agricultural Vehicle


Georges is a farmer from Al-Maamoura village, he is a married man and a father of three, two sons and a daughter. Just like most of the families in this village, his family of five depends on their land of almond trees for a living. Georges has a tractor, which he was not able to use lately due to the situation of its tires that became dilapidated over time.

Plowing and watering are very important stages to ensure good crops and...


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Plumbing Equipment


At the beginning of 2022, Jean had a car accident that almost cost him his life, on that day, he lost his plumbing equipment, which was stolen from his pick-up truck, in addition to suffering from a serious injury that kept him at home for a very long time. 

Jean lives on his own at his family's house after his parents passed away and all his siblings established a new life on their own. 

He started working in plumbing back in 2002,...


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Irrigation System


All the various ways to generate an income were not enough to cover the growing needs of a family of five, and the land became their last resort in order to guarantee a dignified life. 

Daad is a government employee, her husband George works in the construction field and they are parents of three daughters. George and his four brothers inherited their father's land of almond trees and they are sharing its profits, in addition to a farm around the house...


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Aluminum Workshop


The lack of electricity affected all aspects of life and many craftsmen lost their work, especially those who heavily rely on it to finish their task activities. 

Toni suffered from this problem, and the income he was making was hardly enough to cover the most basic requirements of living. He has a big family that counts on him; he is a married man and a father of two kids, in addition to taking care of his parents being their only son. 
The...


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Barbershop


Youssef is a barber from Homs, he has a shop in Al-Hamidia neighborhood and his story with this profession started back in 1999; when he learned the needed skills by working with a famous barber. then he launched his own project. 

Just like many Syrian families, Youssef's family was displaced from their home in Al-Hamidia and stayed in Al-Arman neighborhood for three years. When the situation stabilized in Homs, and people started to return, Unfortunately, both of his parents passed away...


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Agricultural Supplies Shop


Like many young people, Hafez didn’t have the chance to start his project due to the situation of the country, and strove for years until he managed to make his first steps. 

He is an agricultural engineer who lives with his parents and younger brother in Fairouza village. The industrious young man started working in 2014 to help his father in providing for their family. At first, Hafez was a worker at farmlands, then two years later, he had the opportunity...


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Mini-van


"When you do anything for the sake of your family, you do it with love, because family is the most valuable thing that one can have in life"

That is what George Alyoussef said.

he is a 30-year single man who lives with his mother and two sisters in his uncle's house at Altabbaleh.

after he finished the baccalaureate, he started working to support his family because they were in bad financial condition. In 2015, he volunteered at the Two Sacred Hearts center...


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Taxi


Imad Mallouh and his sons are among the survivors who experienced all the horrors of war and reached the death point but God's great mercy saved them.

He is 52 years old, married to Nahla Ghumaid, and has two sons and a daughter, he used to live with his family in Al-Swaida countryside and he was working as a policeman there.

After the start of the war, he faced many threats and dangers that ended in his kidnapping with his two sons...


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Mosaic and wood carving workshop


George Bergheil is a very talented 44-year-old man, he is married to Janet Haddad, and they have two beautiful daughters, Chanel, born in 2006, and Christelle, born in 2012.

George is from the village of Maaloula in the countryside of Damascus. When he was twenty years old, he started practicing the profession of mosaic, seashell inlays, and wood carving. He soon proved a great talent in this field and became the passion that took him all his time and effort.

After his...


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Pick-up truck


For more than twenty years, Samer worked as a tiler for long hours to secure his family the best possible living.

Samer is 45 years old, married to Eivon Makhoul and they have two kids.

Samer and his family couldn’t afford to rent their own flat so they lived in a small room in his parent’s house in the Aldwallaa neighborhood. He was also responsible for taking care of his old parents and securing their expenses which overwhelmed him with high living...


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Mini-market


Micheline Halal, 44 years old, is married to Fadi Francis, and they have two sons and a daughter.

Micheline and her family are from a small village called Maaloula in the countryside of Damascus where they used to live and work in their grocery store. Her husband worked as a mural artist, and they were living in stability and safety until the fierce war began and its impact reached the village of Maaloula, which forced the family to close the grocery...


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Nail beauty shop


Maria Al-Samaan is the eldest daughter in a family of five, her father has retired due to a disability and his pension was their only income for many years in addition to the help of relatives.

however, their circumstances were never easy, and during the years of war, they suffered precarious conditions and financial hardships, in addition to her mother's illness with breast cancer.

All this did not weaken Maria's determination to complete her education, as she was able to enter the...


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Mini-market


Rafy is 45 and married to Rania Al-Asaad and they have two sons Fady born in 2005 and Hady born in 2009.

Before the war, the family lived in Maaloula village and they were in a good financial situation as they had a mini-market on the main street where Rafy and his wife used to work and at the weekends Rafy used to work at wall-painting workshops to increase their income.

However, after 2011, their life changed completely as the armed groups...


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Wax formation workshop


Elias Faddoul, 56, is married to Carmen Jarrous and they share living with his siblings at the family's old house in Bab Touma.

Before the war, Elias had a small store for selling holy icons and rosaries, he loved his work a lot and was always creating new designs, but with the beginning of the war, the difficult economic conditions affected his job as the demand for icons was no longer required because people were barely able to afford the basic...


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Photography equipment


Sami Hartak is a determined and hardworking young man, he is 31 and lives with his old parents and sisters in a modest house in Al-Dwallaa neighborhood.

He graduated from the faculty of agricultural engineering during wartime which made it so difficult for him especially since his parents are old and retired so he was responsible for his expenses and the house obligations at the same time under some very harsh circumstances.

Sami wasn’t lucky to find a suitable job that meets...


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Mini-market


George Dahdal, 31 years old, lives along with his father, brother, grandma, and aunt in a small house in Al- Dwalaa area.

Before the war, George was working with his father at the family mini-market until the beginning of the crisis in Syria which affected their work so his father decided to close the mini-market and started to work as a pick-up driver.

During that period, their village became invaded by the armed groups, and George’s grandmother and aunt were displaced and...


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Taxi


Fady Ibrahim is 30 years old, married to Mariam Altheib and they have three cute little girls, Georgette born in 2017, Cathren 2019, and Yara 2021. They live in a rented flat in Kashkoul, Damascus suburbs.

With the first sparks of war, Fady was still at the beginning of his life journey, full of youthful enthusiasm, but he didn’t have the time or choice to start a new chapter of his life because in 2011 he was called for military service...


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Mini-market


Although the war is over, but its calamities has remained in the heart of each one of us, as a painful reminder of what we have been through especially since many are still suffering from its effects such as Emad Dawood and others from the war-wounded individuals.

Emad is 31 years old, married to Nour Sbaih and they have three adorable kids, Rosseil born in 2017, and the twins Roy and Junior born in 2022.

Before the war, he worked as a...


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