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

Barber Shop


George, 34 years old, was forced to leave his studies at a young age in order to work and become the main breadwinner for his family due to the difficult living conditions that the family suffered from after the death of his father.

He tried to work many jobs to provide an income until he found his passion in barbering and learned it at a barber shop near home, after a while he was able to become a professional and rent...


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Car suspension maintenance


Married life comes with a lot of responsibility and the 33-year-old young Armen has become the one in charge of his wife and his parents, who also live with them.

After serving 9 years in the army, Armin continues his major career in car suspension maintenance.

He could no longer live with his parents, so he had to move into his parents-in-law's house for a while until he found a suitable job so that he could take a rented house. 

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Dental Clinic


Rafi is a 50 years old dentist, who lives alone in a rented house after losing everything as a result of the war; his home, clinic, family, and friends, in addition to all the money that he collected throughout his career on a trip to find better opportunities. 

As is the case with any other dentist, Rafi started his career with high enthusiasm in 2000 and he built a good reputation, then he bought his own clinic in 2005 where he...


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Espresso Machine


Elias Ebrahim is a 42 years old single man, who lived for a big part of his life in the village where he was born, he worked in agriculture, but he had to run away from his village with his family and move to Aleppo city after losing all his income sources.

This humble man took care of his parents, but unfortunately, he lost them one after the other due to their fights with cancer.

The conditions became harder, while he had...


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Plumbing Kit


Vrege followed his passion since he was just a kid, he learned how to fix the small plumbing malfunctions in his house, he loved the career and when he grew up, he took plumbing as a main career and became a master in it.

In 2001, he settled in Aleppo city in his family house after he left his Small Village (Al-Yaacoubiye) to work in Aleppo and start a new life in the city, bought new equipment, and rented a small...


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Car electricity maintenance


Zohrab, 35 years old, is an auto electrician, also known as a car electrician, who knows how to install and maintain the wiring and electrical systems in a variety of vehicles.

During the war, the workshop in which he worked was destroyed, so he started working in his father's workshop which was hit by shells during the war, then moved to his friend's shop in 2017.

Zohrab, an auto mechanic workshop owner who has been in this field since 2000, gaining skills...


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Carpentry Workshop


Life wasn’t kind to Krikor, this 26 young man, who suffered for about ten years facing the armed groups in different regions in Syria, which left scars on his body and soul. When a random shell crossed his back and caused him a harmful injury that still accompanies him to the moment.

Such as most guys his age, Krikor had to leave his career, his beloved family, and the girl he loves to serve in the military. And when he finished...


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Musical Instrument


Music is a part of everyone's life.

“Growing up with a musical background, it was in my genes that I would be a musician. Playing music helped me become the person I am by being a release for my anger, and helped me make new friends.” This is how Riad described his relationship with music.

Riad’s family is filled with musicians and singers; he played while his brother sang with him before the war, making events together in addition to having their...


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Pastry Shop


Issues such as theft, crime, and immigration impact many people in their daily lives and push them to make life-changing decisions. When the armed groups kidnapped Jack's father, he paid the ransom and decided to flee to Latakia as it was safer at the time.

Jack followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in pastries and pies when they fled to latakia back in 2012, then after returning to Aleppo, they took his grandpa’s shop and worked together.

Due to the difficult...


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Espresso Machine


“After your bereavement leave is over, you still feel incapable to go back to work while you're still dealing with your father's death,” Gabi said.

The reason for his death was the impact of the carpentry career on his health, so Gabi decided to leave this profession.

Gabi,45 years old, is trying to find another job. He opened a sewing workshop and worked for more than twenty years. By that time, they had to sell the workshop after the death of his...


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Taxi


Tony, a father of 3 children had to leave his house in Al-Sheik Maksoud when the fighting reached the area in 2013, leaving behind a life full of memories, settling down with his father and brother hoping to return home one day.

When he was young, Tony worked as a private driver between Syria and Lebanon for more than 15 years, in 2010 when he returned to Aleppo, he had to sell all the jewelry he had and he took a...


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Taxi


It has been more than 9 years since Esper lost his private taxi. It was his main source of livelihood, and because the shells fell near his house, he had to sell it at a low price to live with the money due to the high cost of living and renting a new house after leaving his own due to the war.

The entire house was stolen, and he no longer owns anything but a mini pick-up truck, which has recently...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


As the youngest son in his family, Suheil did his best and worked in different fields just to help supporting his family after his father’s death. the 26 years old young man lives with his mother who is an employee, his brother who has just finished his ten years of military service and his grandmother while his other brother is serving in the army.

In 2016, he traveled to Lebanon seeking better opportunities; first, he worked in a mini-market then in...


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Cosmetics and Accessories Shop


After working in the UAE for 13 years as a salesman, Wassim had to go back home after the devastating news of his brother death, to stay with his parents and his sister Hanan who works in a cotton clothes shop to help in providing for the family.

Since he returned home, Wassim worked as an employee with a modest salary and that was not enough to secure a well living during the severe inflation. He aspired to utilize his previous...


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Dental Clinic


Manal is an ambitious young lady, graduated recently as a dentist from the university of Homs, her father who is the only provider for the family is a retired employee and his pension is barely enough for the family’s daily needs. All these circumstances encouraged her brothers to travel abroad seeking better job opportunities in order to help their father, her family’s limited financial resources were a huge obstacle, which prevented her from starting her life project. Manal had always...


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Shoe-store


Since he was young, Akram used to help his grandfather in the family’s shoe-store, the shop that has been in the family for generations. After his grandfather, Akram's father used to run the place and Akram was helping with the finances and accounting but when the father was no longer able to work the handed the business over to Akram in 2015 and since then, Akram managed to maintain a successful family business, which actually was one of the famous...


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Mini-Market


In 2017, Issam was no longer able to continue in his main profession as a floor tiler due to his health condition. With some money he had, he rented a simple shop and opened a mini-market near his house. He took advantage of being in a well populated neighborhood surrounded by schools, which made his shop known in the area. Issam is the only provider for his family of six; his wife, his three daughters and son in addition to...


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Mini-Market


When the economic crisis started to get harder, the income Ghada’s husband used to provide from his business as a wall painter became barely enough to cover their essential needs especially that they live in a rented apartment, all these circumstances encouraged her to open a mini-market and support her family. 

Ghada who is a mother of two started her own project in 2020 with simple capabilities; her beginning was very good as her mini-market was the only one in the...


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Hair Salon


Since he was young, Zaki loved working in the field of beauty and hairstyling and worked in many salons around Homs until he became skilled enough, he lives with his retired parents in a rented apartment in Al-Hamidia where he started his first steps in this career.

At the age of eighteen, he had a job opportunity in one of the famous salons in Lebanon, which was a very useful experience, and he learned a lot from it. In 2009, Zaki...


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Sewing Machines


Wafaa is a skilled seamstress, she is a married woman and a mother of two; Peter (14 years old) and Helen (13 years old). Her story with this profession began 20 years ago when she started working at home, and over time, what was only a job turned into a passion in her life. 

She used the same machines for 13 years until they became completely worn out, and during the economic crisis, purchasing new machinery was very hard, but thankfully,...


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Plumbing Equipment


Shehadeh works as a plumber since 1978, he is the sole breadwinner for his wife and three sons. The family’s only house in Al-Hamidia was damaged in the war and they were displaced to Al-Arman neighborhood where they stayed in a rented apartment. 

During the post-war period, his business was affected by the frequent power outages, which stopped him from working for long hours and decreased his income, also the old equipment he has been using for years had a huge...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Johnny is a married man and a father of three beautiful daughters; Nathalie (8 years old), Tala (4 years old) and Joy (3 years old), he lives with his family in a rented apartment and he is the sole provider for them. 

Before the war, Johnny used to work in his father’s spices shop, which was later severely damaged and closed in 2012. Unfortunately, he lost his only source of livelihood and had to work in many different professions to support...


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Carpentry Accessories Shop


Bassem is a retired engineer; he lives with his wife Josephine who used to work as a teacher, their son Yamen and their daughter Sarah and they are both university students. This family returned home after years of displacement and decided to start a new chapter, their house was damaged but they repaired it together and settled down in the city of Homs. 

During the post-war period, the severe inflation affected all aspects of life, and a family of four was...


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Photography


Photography has always been Gabby’s passion since 2004; he worked with many professional photographers and learned a lot throughout his career until he became well known in this field. In 2009, he started his own studio by himself and his business was very well.

Unfortunately, Gabby lost his life project when the war began; his studio had been completely burnt with all the equipment and he had to start from scratch. His insistence to start all over again was stronger than...


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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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