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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Detergents and Plastics Store


Wadie Abou Assaleh, a 60-year-old man, is married to Claire and they have two sons George who since his born in 1994 suffers from a mental disability, and Elias born in 1991. 

From 1985 to 2011 Wadie worked as a goldsmith along with his brother at their workshop but after the outbreak of the war, their profession was affected badly. Hence, his brother traveled abroad and Wadie was forced to close the workshop and work as a private driver for an...


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Mini-market


As long as you keep smiling in the face of your difficulties, life will reward your great hope. 

Simon Tannous is 44 years old, he is married and has two adorable girls, Hala born in 2008, and Lana born in 2013.

Simon and his family live in a small rented flat in Kashkoul and he also works in his mini-market in the same area.

He was an employee as a driver at the construction administration in Damascus since 1996, but his low income...


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Carpentry Workshop


Sometimes the only thing that can keep you fighting, is believing that one day everything is going to be better.

Najeh Ajaiby, 52, has never stopped believing that good things are coming on his way.

he is originally from Egypt and came to Syria in 1997 looking for better work opportunities, so he started to work in his profession as a carpenter in different workshops. Soon after he got married to Samar AL-Abdoun and had three children Ruba, Fadi, and Mina.

Najeh worked...


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Taxi


We are all aware of the violent acts of war during the last decade which affected the lives of many innocent people.

Edwar was one of those people who was exposed to a kidnapping incident that turned his life upside down.

Edwar Darwish was born in 1972, married and has a son ‘Gassan” born in 2014. He lives with his family in Kashkoul, a Damascus suburb and for more than 10 years, he worked as a bus driver on Damascus-Aleppo international road.

His...


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Taxi


After more than 20 years of a stable career and secure living conditions, Anwar Hanna, the 63-year-old man was a victim of displacement and losses.

Anwar was living with his family in Erbin area, in the countryside of Damascus, he was working as a blacksmith at his private carpentry workshop and their life was full of peace and security which all was ruined after 2011 as the terrorist groups broke into the area and spread their violence and horror at over....


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Mini Market


There will always be difficult challenges to face every day, but with great faith, one will be strong enough to defeat those challenges as Jamil Bshara did his entire life.

Jamil is 49, married to Silva Hamwi and together they have amazing three children; Eleanor and Alber born in 2003, and Enji born in 2005. Jamil and his family live in a small rented flat in Jaramana where he works in packaging at the Syrian Trade Corporation.

Before the crisis, Jamil used...


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Taxi


Abdo had a peaceful and stable life with his family living in Sednaya town, Damascus countryside.

During the first years of the war, the situation began to worsen gradually, until it became very dangerous to stay in the area, as his house was severely damaged by the shelling which forced the family to leave their home without being able to take any belongings.

Abdo and his family moved to Damascus where his friend helped him rent a small apartment in one of...


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Pick-up truck


Kinan’s life was never easy, each chapter of it contained a lot of pain and bitterness, but he never gave up and was sure that all the faith and love he gives, will return to him.

He lived in Al-Qadam area in Damascus where he worked as a gypsum statues sculptor. He was like any young man of his age working hard and planning for his future as he established his own workshop, bought a mini pick-up to increase his income,...


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Mini Market


Salwan Alnasr is 43 years old, married to Rita with a 13-year-old son called Jack.

Salwan and his family live in a modest rented flat in Al-Dwalaa, He used to work as a tile setter for more than 13 years. Despite the fact that his work was very hard and affected his health on the long term, he kept working to afford the best life for his family because during the crisis years, no matter how hard he worked, his income...


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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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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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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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