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

Carpentry workshop


George, 35 years old, lives with his family of 7 people. His parents do not work, and his sister works as a teacher in a kindergarten, and her three children live with them. He is the only provider for his big family.

George's father previously worked as a carpenter; manufacturing bird cages. He learned it from his father and worked with him from 2014 for more than five years.

George had the opportunity to go to Lebanon in 2019 and work in...


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Beauty kit


My parents raised me with love and cared for me. Now it is my turn to care for them.

Eugenie, is 34 years old, a married women who works in nails care and as a makeup artist to support her parents financially specifically her father; during the war he got shrapnel in his foot and thus cannot work in addition, helping her husband who works as a seller of car parts with a low income.

She said: “When I grew up, I...


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Blacksmith Workshop


Mouhib 45 years old lives with his two children and his mother, as he had to move to live in his parents' house since the beginning of the war, after the destruction of the Sheikh Maqsoud area.

He started working in the profession of blacksmith when he was young. He learned this profession through one of the workshops near his house, after he gained some experience, he was able to rent a workshop for 10 years, later he bought his own...


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Metal lathing machine


Joining the military can be a good experience for some people, but for others it can be a terrible mistake.

Antranic said: “My biggest fear was to lose my job, I knew it would happen after I had been there for 9 years and not being able to work during my vacations.”

He is 29 years old, recently discharged from the military, and lives with his parents. He had no idea what to do, nor was he able to manage between his...


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Car Brakes Lathe Machine


The skills and experience you gain from traveling abroad can give you life-long personal benefits as well as an advantage in the professional world.

Garabet,68-year-old man, father of two daughters, traveled to Canada in 1986 for more than 7 years where he worked in the same field on the brake lathing machine and then returned to Aleppo after gaining great experience.

He said: “travelling abroad is an amazing way to learn a lot of new things”. Before the war, he had his...


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Silver crafting workshop


“We had a silver crafting workshop that my father had to sell to secure my treatment expenses” Samuel said.

Since Samuel was young, he suffered a lot from his colon and, because of the high treatment costs, his parents spent all their savings to be able to treat their son.

Samuel,32 years old, is a married man who has a beautiful child, and he is the only provider for his family. They live in a borrowed apartment from his uncle.

“My father helped...


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Sewing machines


If you want to improve something in yourself, you should work hard for it

Alice learned how to sew from her mother when she was just a kid on her mother’s old and small sewing machine, it was the first step for Alice on the path of this career.

Now after many years she is a mother of two children, her son works on lathing machine with his father in a friend’s workshop and her daughter works as an accountant.

Alice said that...


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Industrial Electricity


Wahid a father of three children who had been working for 40 years in industrial electricity, winding motors, control panels, cooling and air conditioning for laboratories.

Before the war, He worked in a rented workshop in Al Sheikh Maqsoud area, fully equipped with tools that unfortunately, were stolen during the war. In 2013, a mortar shell fell next to their house and because of this incident the whole family moved to Al-Kimah Village with the help of their relatives to settle...


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Car upholstery


Krikor is a 41 years old man from Aleppo. He never wanted to leave Syria, he thought the war would not take too long, but then his family decided to leave the country and stayed in Lebanon for ten years trying to travel to Canada.

They had a car furniture upholstery workshop in Al-Ramouseh, but when the war in Syria destroyed Krikor's workshop, he and his family decided to sell it because they did not have enough money to restore it...


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Car suspension workshop


Razmik 30 years old, lives with his parents; his father works in a small village next to Aleppo in a lathing workshop, as a result of the war, his two brothers traveled to Armenia to start over in a new place. 

10 years of military service could not break Razmik's will to live, he did not know despair or frustration, but was determined on starting over in his own battle to face the difficulty of life.

Therefore, he started working independently as he began to borrow the equipment from his friends and work with them until he was able to buy some simple tools. And now, he rented a place and thanks to the sponsors, he was able to purchase the full needed equipment to secure a better income for his family.

Sewing workshop


Michael’s father was kidnapped by the armed groups for 21 days, during which he was wounded in the eye and became blind.

This young man,37 years old, newly married, worked on sewing machines, from 2001, making chair covers for more than four years, then moved to Sheikh-Maksoud and worked with his brother until the war came around when all his sewing machines were stolen, there was nothing left for him, and he had no work for about a year.

He is currently...


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Taxi


Youssef served in the army for two years, and after his discharge he was recalled for reserve service, which lasted nearly nine years.

After returning he tried to work on a lathing machine then he began to work intermittently as a painter.

Youssef spent most of his savings due to the high cost of livelihood. His older brother works on a lathing machine, and he is the only one responsible for the household expenses.

His father does not work, but he has a...


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Mini-Winch


When Hassan was asked about his project, he said: "I have a wide experience, but I've never had the chance to buy a Mini-Winch before, due to the high costs." And then added:" Renting a Mini-Winch was affordable. Now, it's a real financial burden, especially since I have to buy fuel for the electric generator."

Hassan is a married man and a father of three; two sons and a daughter, he is the sole responsible for his family and his sons...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Massouh is the sole provider for a family of six; his wife and their three sons, in addition to his nephew who moved to live with them after the unfortunate death of his mother.

Floor tiling is Massouh's only way to ensure them a dignified life; he has been working in this profession since 1995, but losing his equipment during the war affected his career situation and forced him to borrow or rent the required equipment without being able to compensate the losses. 

He aspired to improve his work to guarantee a better income for those who count on him, after this initiative, Massouh has all he needs to work and support his big family.

Refrigerator Maintenance Workshop


Adapting to a new reality is not always easy and many challenges might come up along the way.

Back in 2013, Al-Dwair village was attacked by armed groups and its people were forced to leave under gunpoint; Hekmat and his family were displaced from their home and had to leave everything behind after they witnessed the terrors.

A new life was waiting for the family in Homs city, and starting from scratch during such circumstances was the biggest challenge. The family didn’t...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Fadi worked in stone sculpting and cladding for more than 20 years until this tiring job severely affected his health causing him serious neurological diseases. In 2021, he became hardly able to stand on his feet and spent all of the savings on treatment costs, in addition to selling his car to cover his family's needs being the sole breadwinner for a pregnant wife and a two-year-old toddler. 

However, their situation was getting more complicated every single day and Fadi was...


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Agricultural Vehicle


Nehmeh and his wife Latifa have 6 children, 2 sons, and 4 daughters, and the family has been living on the bounties of their almond land. 

All of the daughters got married and moved to establish their own lives, while the elderly parents are now living with their son Johnny (39 years old) who's a married man and a father of two, and their son Jihad (34 years old) who, unfortunately, suffers from a health condition that prevents him from working...


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Agricultural Vehicle


Milad is a young man who lost six years of his life serving in the army; he was discharged back in 2016 and found that life wasn’t the same as it used to be before the war.

He works as an employee besides being a farmer; after his service, Milad resumed working with his brother in their father's land of almond and olive trees but the two brothers faced many challenges that stood in their way, especially since they both were...


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Nail Care Kit


Miray couldn’t just sit and watch when the economic situation was getting worse, and she chose to help her father in providing for their small family.

She is a chemistry student at the university of Homs, living with her parents; her father is a retired employee and her mother doesn't work. When the father's pension was no longer sufficient to provide a good life, Miray stood by him and started learning about nail care in order to secure an additional source...


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Carpentry Workshop


Hani is a skilled carpenter with more than 35 years of experience, he is married and a father of two and he lives with his family in Homs city. 

The ambitious craftsman was preparing a workshop in the industrial area when the war irrupted and tipped the balance of the whole country. Hani lost some of the machinery in addition to the raw materials; thankfully, he didn’t move all the machines he had, which saved him from a greater loss, and...


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Beauty and Tattoo


Mirna is a mother of an only child called Adib (15 years old), her husband Bashar works in a coffee shop and together the parents do their best to ensure him a good life. 

She worked as a school teacher since 2008, but when her salary became insufficient under the tough economic circumstances, Mirna decided to find another way to provide better support for her family and in 2016, she started learning about hair styling in a salon near her house. 

During...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


Fadi is a single man who lives with his family in a rented apartment and he is responsible for his two sisters and niece. 

He used to work in floor grinding and polishing, which he learned from his father and worked in this profession for a very long time in different countries like Syria, Lebanon, and Algeria.

During the war, his machines and equipment were all stolen in addition, the family's house was heavily damaged. After Fadi lost his work, he worked...


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Photography Equipment


Although the country is witnessing one of its hardest economic crises in history, there is still space for hope and new beginnings! 
Edwar and Marah got married in 2021, the young couple prepared their house together with love and support hoping for a happy life.

Edwar is a photo-videographer, he began to work with a well-known company that is specialized in event arrangements back in 2009, his salary was good and things were going well until the war erupted. His family was...


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Mini-Cultivator-Agricultural Project


Wael from Maskanah village is a married man and a father of four girls; he lives with his family in addition to his parents and brother, and they all work together in their land, which is planted with grapevines and peach trees. 

The family of nine lives on the bounties of this land that's considered the main source of income besides working in other fields to guarantee a decent life during the difficult economic situation of the country. Wael is a...


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Taxi


Elie Istanboly, 30 years old, is like many young men of his age who had to spend years of the war facing dangers and horrors during their military service, and in Elie's case, it took nine difficult years of his youth.

Before the war began, Elie worked as a taxi driver and after he was discharged in 2019, he wanted to learn a profession so he could have a career for the future and make up for the previous years.

Elie started...


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Barber Shop


Rami Yacoub, his mother, and three sisters accumulated courage by surviving difficult times and challenging conditions.

When he was only thirteen, Rami’s father passed away, which didn’t just affect the family and made them live in sorrow and grief, but also forced Rami to leave his school, abandon his childhood, and start working to afford the daily living demands.

He took a job as a worker in a medical shoe workshop to support his mother who was also working long hours at...


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Taxi


Shafy Bashour is 38 years old, married to Nadine Maqsoud and they have two adorable kids, George born in 2012, and Rimon in 2016.

Before the war in Syria, Shafy was working as a tiling worker in Qatar and he returned to Syria in 2011 to get married and start his own family but unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned; his marriage coincided with the start of the crisis in Syria which prevented him from returning to Qatar and he found...


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Taxi


Hassan Jolan, 33, didn’t have the chance to work or learn any profession after turning into his twenties because he was called for military service. He thought it would be a short period and pass in peace, but he did not know that a fierce war would strike his country to steal nine years from his life in which he had to be far from his family and friends under very difficult circumstances until his discharge in 2019.

He went home...


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Nail Care Kit


Out of poverty, desperation, and sickness, a strong girl came out to defy all the circumstances of life and prove to everyone that no obstacle can dissuade her from working and earning her livelihood.

Mirai Al-Sahwi is 23 years old and since her childhood, was suffering from Myocardial insufficiency that prevented her from doing any extra effort. She was living in the confines of a loving family that supported one another until death stole her father who was the most important...


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Sanitary kit


At the age of 15, Khalil Khoury started working to help his parents, as their financial condition wasn't good, and he had to work to secure his expenses and help his parents with household obligations.

He began working as an assistant to a Plumbing & Sanitary Maintenance Supervisor and soon became skilled in that profession and began to take his own workshops as customers began to ask him to do their work because of his skills and his low wages.

Khalil wanted...


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Mini market


sometimes, all a person needs to regain his balance in life is to turn the page of the past and start over.

This is what Rashid Al-Abdoun, 55 years old, has been trying to do for the past nine years, but unfortunately, life obstacles and the difficult conditions he was going through, have always blocked his way.

Rashid is married and has three children, Lina, Musa, and Issa. His main concern is to give his children the best possible care and get...


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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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