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

Shoe sole workshop


Sarkis is a man who suffered a lot during his life and faced hard times, he studied dentistry but left this career after probation year. 

He then worked with his father in shoe sole manufacturing, at their workshop in Al-Hullok area where they had 33 laborers. After his father passed away, and at the beginning of war in 2012, Sarkis lost the entire workshop in addition to all the machinery he used to have which was completely stolen. 

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Lathing machine


Krikor has always been a good father to Cerley, Marina, and Nersses, the 59 years old man wants to provide all the basic needs for his lovely family. 

This man had always worked in lathing and plastic molding domain. He built a good amount of experience and managed to manufacture two industrial mills in addition to an injection machine by himself.

During the tough war, he lost his job when his workshop area was attacked by armed groups and his workshop got...


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Electrical maintenance Kit


Samaan Oskani is a 21 years old student at an engineering institute, in addition to working as a home electrical technician for about 4years.

During the war, Samaan's family was displaced when his mother's siblings sold the family house they used to live in, unfortunately, they didn't have enough money to buy a house, so they rented a very small one.

To make ends meet, Samaan's mother used to work as a seamstress, but her illness hindered her from going on. And his father is a minimarket laborer, and...


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Sandwich shop


When Megerdich was young, he had two completely different jobs. he worked as a jeweler at a workshop and at the same time helped in his father's oriental food shop. he has always been supportive of his father, but when his mother became sick, he had to prioritize and eventually left his job and hometown and accompanied his mother to Lebanon seeking necessary treatment.

War only made things worse, Megerdich's house was destroyed by a mortar shell (still needs repair) and...


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Auto body repair workshop


Life forced Mardiros the affectionate and caring father, to play the role of both parents in his children's Anna and Garo's lives when their mother passed away after a long battle with illness. 

But to hear his full story we should go back to 1990. At the time, he started his career in Saudi Arabia, as a worker in an auto body repair workshop, until 2006, that was how he achieved his experience. Later, he came back to Aleppo and worked...


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Air-conditioners Maintenance


Razouk is a 30-year-old man who joined the army in 2005 and simultaneously worked in air-conditioning maintenance, using rented equipment from an elderly man, as he has never had any equipment of his own.

During the war, his family's biggest loss was when his father lost his hydraulic bus-chair's workshop, which was located in Al-Ramouseh area, in addition, their store in Homs was also robbed and destroyed.

When Razouk and his brother joined the army, they were sent into dangerous areas. Their...


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Graphic design equipment


Losing his beloved father because of the horrendous war made the now 26 years old face the cruel face of life very early. It was a day in 2015 that changed his and his mother's life forever, his father didn't survive one vicious mortar shell attack on AL-Souleymanieh neighborhood, Their house was destroyed and the mother and son became homeless and displaced. They Grieving family stayed six months in Safita before returning to Aleppo again and start over. Their house...


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Taxi


Family is the most valuable thing for Bassam, his wife and their 8 years old daughter Anna-Theresa, the family suffered from displacement during the war when their house was destroyed and for more than four years they were homeless, moving in-an-out of rentals, to finally settle in one of their relatives’ houses until their own house was rehabilitated with the help of the Latin church.

Workwise, Bassam volunteered in many social communal initiatives with the Syrian society for social development (in 2012),...


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Coffee Shop


It’s really hard for a person to start his life with a disability. That’s what happened to Johnny, who was born with a blind eye, so he had to get used to living with one eye.

2013 was really rough for this family; they lost Johnnys’ father, the family backbone when he was looking for a job, an armed group kidnapped him. The family looked for him in every possible place with no result, until they got the bad news and...


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Blacksmithing workshop


Like any traditional family, George and his wife had always helped each other to provide a decent life for their two daughters; Karni and Arkina. George is a blacksmith and his wife is a kindergarten teacher. The war resulted in the loss of the family's source of income, George left his family here in Aleppo and went to Lebanon to be able to send money to his family, who were still living the fear and horror from all the attacks...


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Sandwich Shop


"The extraordinary man" is Fathallah’s nickname which he deserved to be called by everyone who knows him.

Fathallah suffered a lot, starting with losing his foot and three toes from the other one because of diabetes, to developing a heart disease. But despite all these obstacles, in addition to the harsh financial and war conditions, this man refused to give up on working and supporting his family.

When Fathallah was still a child in the fourth grade at school, he started learning...


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Car Maintenance Equipment


Khatchadur, the 30-years-old man, paid a huge price because of war. Nine years of his life were lost as he was in the mandatory service experiencing danger, fear and worry about his family and loved ones.

In 2020 when he was finally discharged, Khatchadur came back home to discover that his father’s workshop in Bustan Albasha was completely destroyed, this workshop is where he first learnt everything he knows about car motors from his father when he was still a teenager.

His...


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Grapevines - Agricultural Project


Syrian women have always been an essential part of the country's economic structure, playing big roles in many different sectors and Duaa is an example of that.

Duaa and her husband Rami are a young couple from Maskanah village, they work together in their land of grapevines, which is their only source to provide for their 5-year-old daughter Elitia and their 1-year-old baby George.

The family owns a tractor in addition to a tanker that they fill with the required agricultural materials...


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Mini-Cultivator-Agricultural Project


Fadi from Maskanah village is a married man and a father of two children. He worked as a wall painter in Lebanon for 23 years and unfortunately, was one of the craftsmen who lost their livelihoods there due to the economic crisis and the rapid spread of Coronavirus. 

In 2019, the hardworking man had no other choice but to return and start over; he tried to find a suitable work opportunity in his profession but being out of the country all...


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Agricultural Vehicle-Agricultural Project


Mohsen is a married man with five children, he used to work in floor grinding and polishing in Lebanon but unfortunately, he lost his work and had to return home due to the hard situation there. The only choice left for him in order to ensure a dignified life for his family was to go back to his original work in farming, which he had depended on for more than 20 years.

Mohsen's land is planted with olive trees, different kinds...


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Agricultural Vehicle-Agricultural Project


Ayman is a cobbler who opened his first workshop back in 1990 in a village called "Talkalakh" near Ozeir village, besides his work in farming. He is a married man and a father of five and the family members help each other in taking care of their land. 

Talkalakh village witnessed the terrors of war and Ayman was one of the craftsmen who lost their work because it was very dangerous to even reach his workshop, which was later destroyed and...


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Photographing Equipment


“The more you work hard, the more opportunities you will get, nothing comes easily” 

Naeem is a photographer who lives with his parents and brother in Al-Hamidia neighborhood. He chose this career when he was 18 and worked for two well-known photographic laboratories where he gained many special skills. 

On the 1st of May 2011, he was called for military service, and his family faced the same fate as many Syrian families who were displaced from their homes. Once their neighborhood was...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Faraj had to leave school and seek a source of livelihood at a very young age in order to help provide for his parents and siblings. After finishing his military service in 1996, he worked as a driver on different vehicles, and throughout his long career he dealt with many companies.

Faraj got married in 2002 and had two sons. In 2011, the family of four escaped their home city Homs, to a village called "Kafroun" where he had to work...


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Taxi


When Bassel's salary as a government employee became hardly enough for the family's essential needs, he had to find an additional source of income to guarantee his wife and two sons a decent living.

He used to rent a taxi since 2004 and drive it around the city seeking his livelihood; he managed to create great relations with many clients and this job ensured him good profits. Unfortunately, the effects of the cruel war started to reflect on all aspects of...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


Ayman is a craftsman from Al-Dwair village, who was displaced with his family of six in 2012 and had to start over from scratch after their house got destroyed in addition to the cow farm, which was the main source of income for the family.

First, they stayed in a house in Al-Arman neighborhood with the help of the church then they moved to a rented apartment in Wadi Al-Sayeh neighborhood, where they settled down. The father of four works in...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Isber's small family escaped the terrors of war after what they witnessed in their neighborhood Al-Hamidia to a new beginning in Fairouza village away from the shells and bombs.

Isber is the only provider for his wife and their two daughters, he learned the floor tiling profession and polished his skills through working with his father-in-law, who is a well-known craftsman, and then he started to work on his own in 2005.

In 2012, all of his tiling equipment was stolen from...


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Carpentry Workshop


Fadi's family is originally from Aleppo city, they moved to Homs a long time ago and established a new life there. His career as a carpenter started in 1995, the first workshop that he opened was in Ashira neighborhood, which had witnessed the horrors of war; In 2012, Fadi couldn't reach the workshop and unfortunately, the majority of his equipment was stolen.

After this great loss, he took his wife, their three children, and his mother and escaped to Fairouza village...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Firas is a skilled floor tiler; he lived and started his lovely family in Homs city until they were unfortunately forced by the cruel war to leave their home.

In 2012, the family rented an apartment in Fairouza village and settled down after losing their house in addition to Firas's tiling equipment, which was stolen from a construction site in "Baba Amer" neighborhood. 

Being the sole breadwinner for his wife and three daughters, Firas managed to buy an angle grinder with some...


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Barber Shop


Midhat is a barber from the city of Hama, he started to learn about this profession in his home city back in 1993. A few years later, his family decided to move and settle down in Homs; in the year 2000, he opened his first salon in Al-Hamidia neighborhood and built up a great reputation among the other barbers in the area drawing on his notable skills. 

During the severe war, Midhat and his parents were displaced for 2 years to...


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Pick-up Truck


The cruel war forced many people to live far away from their families and children, seeking better income to afford decent living conditions.

Dekran Kendmian worked in maintenance and his salary was good enough to meet his daily expenses, but with the beginning of the war, his profession was affected badly and he became unable to afford the basic needs.

Dekran couldn’t stand watching his children deprived of having a good life or proper education, so he decided to travel to Lebanon...


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Shoemaking Workshop


For more than 27 years of experience as a shoemaker, Elias Alhelo has devoted all his life to the sake of his family and his three daughters Maha, Ayda, and Hanin.

They lived in Aldekhanyeh area in peace where Elias had his workshop and the profit was sufficient to secure a decent life for them.

Unfortunately, after the beginning of the crisis, things started to worsen gradually until the year 2014, when armed groups entered Aldekhanieh and started to shoot at the houses...


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Coffee and Nuts Shop


"Being responsible for a lovely family with two little girls under current circumstances in Syria is something very difficult, it breaks your heart not to be able to secure the simplest needs of life and see your daughters growing in deprivation."

All that George was seeking for, is to secure a decent living for his family. Unfortunately, within the economic crisis in the country, no matter how hard he worked he couldn’t afford even the daily food.

In the previous years of...


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Sewing Workshop


“Either you challenge life or let it defeat you”

The words of a woman who was hit by life’s hardships many times and came out stronger and wiser.

Clemance Akhras is 46, a widowed mother of two, Mouna 23, and Naser 22. She used to live happily with her family in Aleppo, working as a seamstress to help her husband with the living expenses.

With the start of war in 2011, her husband passed away from a heart attack, leaving Clemance heartbroken and...


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Stationery Shop


For 23 years, Nawal worked as a teacher to many generations who learned from this wise woman, she didn’t just teach them the typical curriculum but also planted true values of life in their mind and you can see that from her sons whom, despite the difficult financial and living condition of the country, were supported by their mother to become successful in their education. Hani is now in the third year of Agriculture Engineering, Fady is in the first...


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Nail Beauty Salon


Jana and her family had a quiet, peaceful life in their home in the city of Sednaya.

Unfortunately, this situation changed completely two years ago as Jana's father passed away from a heart attack, after that the family began a journey of pain and misery.

Before their tears dried, they were asked to leave their home because it was given to the father as a work benefit, so they were left without shelter or support. They moved to the city of Damascus,...


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Foodstuff Kiosk


Whenever you go to Al-Dwalaa neighborhood, you see Mousa Barhoum smiling, full of determination, standing beside a small kiosk next to the sidewalk from early morning hours until late evening, selling goods, on one leg after losing the other due to a health problem.

Mousa was working as a maintenance and procurement worker in Al-Mashrabiya restaurant in Bab Touma, his income was good enough to meet his family's expenses and his daughters’ education. But In 2015, Mousa suffered from vascular ischemia...


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Hairdressing Salon


In 2010, Tony left his village and headed to the city of Damascus with hope and determination to make a change in the life of his family. He settled in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood and started to work in any available job and send most of his wages to his mother and brother who suffers from sight disability. 

Unfortunately in the first years of the war the security situation in Damascus deteriorated badly, and soon after, he was asked to serve in Hama.

Tony...


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Taxi


Wissam Wakim is married to Rasha Mousa, together they have a cute little kid called Marcus.

Wissam has worked as a goldsmith since 1996, but after the beginning of the war in Syria this profession became unprofitable so he traveled to Lebanon in 2011 and started to work as a private driver for a Lebanese family. 

Unfortunately, after about four years, the family traveled abroad and Wissam became jobless, so he returned to Syria where he got employed as a driver between...


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Teaching Class


Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete.

That’s what could be concluded from the life journey of Wassim Nanaa, a 37-year-old man who was struggling for the last decade to survive. Wassim was living along with his mother and two brothers in Al-Dwalaa area, working as a hairstylist with his brother and their work was good enough to secure them a decent life.

Wassim was like any young man of his...


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Distributing Foodstuffs