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

Sewing Workshop


“Every time you start sewing, it is like a new adventure" This is how Alice described her profession.

What started as a hobby for Alice turned into a profession with a good return for the whole family.

Alice started learning how to work on machines in a sewing workshop back in 2000, with practice she developed her skills and after ten years of experience the war came along; most people lost their jobs in that period and, unfortunately, Alice was one of...


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Silver Crafting


Vartan started working in silver crafting in 1970 when he was only 18 years old. He worked hard to establish a workshop and became a freelancer in 1983. Four years later, he had to sell all the equipment he purchased to travel abroad. But regrettably, when he couldn't make it there, he had to start over from scratch. He has lived alone his whole life since his parents passed away, because of all the hardships that he faced in his...


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Cold Cuts Shop


The Idea behind Angel's project started by participating in many food exhibitions with her sister, making cold cuts sandwiches, and receiving people's admiration for the amazing taste, so she decided to take a step forward and started thinking about opening her own food place due to the large number of requests.

At the beginning of the war, Angel escaped with her family to Tartous in search of safety; they had to sell their house in Aleppo. Now she lives with her...


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Taxi


Displacement remains a painful experience that most Syrian families went through during the war, searching for the safest places, Riad carried some belongings before their journey; his family fled to Damascus because of the shelling, especially after their house was damaged. With the help of his friends, they managed to rehabilitate their home after returning to Aleppo.

To secure a better income for the family, the young children decided to help their father by working with their uncle in the field...


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Lathing Workshop


Habib is a very hardworking man who had a prosperous life before the unjust war started in Syria. He has always worked in the industrial sector, specifically in the lathing craft where he gained great experience and became the workmaster at his workshop.

Unfortunately, in 2011 when the war began, the Syrian economy collapsed, Habib had to close the workshop and live on the savings, in addition to securing his father's treatment who sadly passed away, leaving the family heartbroken.

Habib moved...


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Sewing Workshop


Losing a house and being forced to leave it was one of the most difficult challenges that Dalal's family had to face. After leaving everything behind escaping from the war in Raqqa city, they have been displaced since 2014 to Hama, then Homs, and finally to Aleppo.

Dalal,50 years old, is the mother of four young children who are still studying. Her husband had a grocery store in Raqqa, but he lost it when they left and later couldn't work because...


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Taxi


Adel is a 33-year-old man, who spent almost the third of his life serving in the military; ten years of war in the front lines of battles were enough to exhaust this young man who survived by a miracle and returned to his beloved family.

Before the crisis started, Adel used to work in a clothes shop, Later, he tried to help his mother who is a hairdresser, trying to gain some experience in this profession. He thought that in two...


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Sewing Machines


The war had many calamities; death, poverty, immigration, but the hardest was the vague destiny of the kidnapped people. Hasmik had to deal with the most painful loss when her eldest son Levon was kidnapped in 2012.

"I will never forget that day, it changed our lives forever", she said.

This terrible experience was enough to make any person give up, but her motherly heart always tells her that one day she will meet her beloved son again.

Levon's wife took Hasmik's two...


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Taxi


"Each time I try to establish my life, something bad happens," Fadi said. He lost his mother when he was still a kid, and his father passed away two years ago, he had to borrow some money because he couldn't afford the funeral expenses.

Fadi worked hard to manage his financials but unfortunately, he had an accident that caused him two skull fractures, thus he spent much money on the treatment costs. He was serving in the army when his father...


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Taxi


Low-income families struggle from the negative effects attached to the stigma of being poor, this doesn’t solely affect the family as a whole, but it affects every single member as well. 

Antonio is a 32-years-old man, who lives in his mother’s house, since he was young he worked hard to face the financial burdens of his family and secure a decent living for his wife who is still studying at the University of Fine Arts, and his elderly mother. He had...


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Taxi


Many people struggled with the remnants of the harsh war that the country witnessed, Fadi was one of those who were directly affected by those battles. He lost ten years of his life serving in the military, in addition to many physical injuries.

Before the war started, he worked as a blacksmith for two years, gained modest experience in that craft, before he had to serve in the military until he was discharged with injuries in his back that prevented him...


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Fabric Prints Workshop


There is no doubt that war left many hard stories to read, no one ever wants to lose their home and be displaced to another city, but sadly, many were forced to since 2012.

Sevag and his family were from those people; They lived in Qamishli city before the war began, but the loss of their home during the crisis was heartbreaking, their lives turned upside down when they were obliged to leave everything behind and move to Aleppo.

Despite all the...


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Sewing Equipment


The war forced Angela, who is a well-known seamstress to use her mother’s old sewing machine after losing her workshop during the war. She lives with her husband Issam, who works as a simple employee and her only son Elie who is still a high school student. 

In 2014, living conditions started to get harder, which forced Angela to think of a way to provide an additional source for livelihood and help her husband, because working on her mother’s machine was...


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Dental Laboratory


Despite all the losses he experienced, Ramez didn’t give up and kept trying to support his family during and after the war. He graduated from the faculty of prosthodontic in 1983, and opened his own laboratory, since then he has worked very hard to ensure a dignified life for his family of four. In 2013, the cruel war forced Ramez and his family to leave their life behind and move to Al-Hamidia, he managed to start a new laboratory with...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


Mousa was a goldsmith, he lost everything he had when the war started, as a result of his deep sorrow he got Diabetes which forced the doctors to amputate his leg, all that had a huge impact on his life, but he didn’t give up for the sake of his wife and their only daughter Renee (17 years old). 

In 2018, Mousa opened a cotton clothes shop and started from scratch, this shop allowed him to secure a sufficient income for...


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Taxi


Shadi used to work as a driver for eight years. He is the only provider for his wife Mariette and their four-year-old son Fadi. When the war started in Homs, Shadi’s family was displaced from their home to a village near Homs called “Mashta Al-Helou” where he worked on someone else’s car by splitting the profits with him, the income he got was insufficient to even cover his family’s basic needs, which made him think of a way to enhance...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Asaad has been working as a van driver since 2007, he is a married man and a father of three beautiful girls; Maryam 14 years old, Rita 12 years old and Selena 10 years old. This family was living in a rented apartment but the rent costs started to get a real burden on Asaad’s shoulders, in the beginning of 2011, he got a chance to buy a small house, but due to his limited financial resources, he had no...


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Barbershop


Adib is a barber, he inherited his father profession as a barber and he quickly loved it, until he became very skilled in this profession. He is a single man and the only responsible for his old parents. When his father started to get older, he became unable to work anymore, and Adib became responsible for the shop in 2000, and he has been using his father’s equipment since then. 

His family, like many Syrians had their share from the war...


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Hair Salon


With very special skills in hairstyling, Tarek opened his first salon in 2010, this profession was more than just a source of livelihood for him and it became his passion in life. He is the only provider for his wife Marina, his two-year-old daughter Maritta, in addition to his elderly parents.

His story with the war isn’t much different from most Syrians, he still can't forget the sound of bullets from when he was trapped in his salon for days during...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Elie works as a floor tiler since 1986, he lives with his wife Jackeline who is a teacher, and their three children; two girls and a boy. 

One day, Elie was driving home during the war times when suddenly, an armed group stopped him and took his car by force. This incident had a huge impact on him and made him think of leaving the city of Homs for a while until it became a safer place. On the next day,...


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Barbershop


Samer is a single man who lives with his parents and his two brothers. He started working in a barbershop a long time ago and mastered this profession, he opened his own salon in 2018, and gained a good reputation within a short period of time among the other barbers in the area. His start was very simple and he wasn’t able to well-equip his salon due to his limited financial resources; as he has diabetes and the medicines take...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


Helping her husband in providing for their two sons was all what Samar thought about when she opened a cotton clothes shop back in 2014. Her shop was in a good location and she has always been known for the quality of the clothes she sells. In 2020, she had to close her shop due to the spread of CoronaVirus in Syria, the lockdown lasted for two months and it was followed by a sharp increase in the prices, all that weakened her business, and buying new goods became nearly impossible. 

Supporting her project with more merchandises will increase her sales rate then and help her to improve the income during the economic crisis. 

Mini-Market


Life became much harder during the economic crisis and many families started looking for another source of livelihood just to secure their basic needs. Majdouline who chose to work and support her husband is a mother of three boys. Lately, life burdens started to get heavier on her husband who works as a driver with a simple salary and he barely manages to cover their house rent. 

With modest capabilities, she encouraged her husband and they opened together a mini-market, but unfortunately, this mini-market lacked a lot of the essential commodities due to their limited financial resources. Supporting this family’s project will surely improve their situation and help them to settle down and ensure better livelihood for their children. 

Mini-Market


Her age was never an obstacle and despite all the hardships she faced, Sumaa did everything she could to help her family. She was living a peaceful life with her husband Mousa and her son Ziad in their house until her husband started to have heart problems, his health deteriorated rapidly and later he needed many surgeries. Unfortunately, Sumaa and Ziad couldn’t afford the high costs of hospitals, and they were forced to sell the family’s house and live in...


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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


Firas Haddad, 46, lives with his mother in a modest house in Jaramana, Damascus countryside.

as a child, Firas went through very difficult circumstances as he was exposed to a fire accident in his childhood that caused severe burns on his hands and face. He has undergone many surgeries since then and still suffers from deformities, but it didn't prevent him from working or having a normal life.

In 2010, Firas started working as a salesperson using his small car, and even...


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Pickup Truck


"I always trust God’s will in my life and reconcile with all my struggles, the one who believes…. will always survive” With those words, Emil began telling us his tragic story.

Emil Philips is 51 years old, married with two kids Thomas and Maroska. Emil and his family are Egyptians living in Syria; he originally came to Syria from his home country Egypt in 2010 to find better career opportunities. He got employed as a food officer at Albal Hotel in...


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