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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Pickup Truck


Fady Yazjy, 47 years, is married and has two kids; George born in 2006, and Mary-belle born in 2011.

Fady and his family used to live in Alkabbas area in Damascus, but during the crisis, the area was surrounded by armed groups and hit daily by dozens of mortar shells which caused huge damage to the family's house, so they had to flee to another area without being able to take any of their belongings or furniture out of the house. 

Unfortunately,...


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Shoemaking Workshop


Not everyone has the opportunity to determine their own lifestyle, some are forced since birth to deal with a hardship and spend a lifetime just trying to overcome it, such as Naji Gerious; who was born with a benign Tumor on the face, ever since that day his struggling journey began to live and look normal like any other person.

After graduating from the computer institute, Naji learned the shoemaking profession and for seven years he worked as a cobbler in...


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Mini Market


"The hardest moment in life is when your daughters ask for a simple thing, but you are unable to afford it." with these painful words, Salimeh told her story.

Salimeh Al-Mailaa, 35 years old, got married at a young age escaping her difficult childhood to face a harder reality of being responsible for a house and two little daughters. However, she accepted the situation and started working to help her husband in securing the living expenses. Despite her weak body structure,...


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Accessories Shop


George Al-Naqiri had a good job and a decent life, provided his children with all their requirements, but the wheel of life turned on him and he lost his house and factory of detergents manufacture, thus, his financial situation deteriorated rapidly. 

However, these losses did not weaken his determination, so he gathered his savings, borrowed some money from his relatives, and rented a small shop for accessories.

Unfortunately, the situation became dangerous with the outbreak of war in 2011, which reflected negatively...


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Blacksmithing Workshop


The life journey of each person is unique in itself, unlike any other, it is impossible to imagine how some people can wake up every day and go on with their normal lives, go to work and laugh while they have great sorrow within their souls.

Since his childhood, Alaa took the responsibility of looking after his parents; he had to quit his study and learn the blacksmithing profession. In 1994, Alaa and his brother started working in a blacksmithing workshop,...


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Coffee and Nuts Shop


Samir Shalash used to have a private restaurant in the Al-Tal area in the countryside of Damascus, and his work took all of his time; it was a profitable business, as it was very popular in the area, and people came from many regions.

He never imagined he would lose everything so suddenly; after the outbreak of the war in Syria in 2011,  Al-Tal area turned into a center of battles and violence, which led to massive destruction of buildings, and...


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Undergarments Shop


Life is tough, but so are we... we were given this life because we are strong enough to live it.

Rita is 46 years old, married to Saher Wakim, with a son (Eyad) who studies civil engineering and a daughter (Maya) who studies commerce and economics.

The family lived in Al-Qusayr in the countryside of Homs where they had their own house and a three-floors clothing store full of merchandise. Their business was very prosperous which enabled them to have a good...


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Plastic Supplies Shop


It has been 9 years now, but I still remember the day we fled our hometown, Yabroud, in the countryside of Damascus; I used to live there along with my wife and my two daughters Maria and Carol.

My daughter Carol was born with a mental disability and needed a lot of care and attention so I had to stay close and I transformed a room of our house into a small shop where I started to sell drinks. My income...


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Kitchen Supplies Store


Despite how lonely you feel facing your struggles, you have to wake up every morning with a smile on your face and new hope in your heart because many are counting on you.

In his twenties, and at the time he was supposed to be starting his life Journey, Jean had to go through many hardships. He was working at his store for kitchen supplies when the war began in Syria, he became unable to improve his project because his goods...


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Taxi


"Nine bitter years were taken from my life for no good reason, I did not want anything to do with this brutal war, my brothers and I went to serve in the army while my elderly parents stayed alone in the village praying day and night for our survival."

Gabi's service was in the most ferocious locations, but the great mercy of God made the in-charge officer, assign him as a driver since he had previously worked in driving which kept...


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Pickup Truck


"Whatever happens in your life and no matter how troubling things might seem... do not enter the path of desperation, God’s hand is always there to save you." That’s what Majd Maalouf said with great faith. 

Majd is 39, married with three sons: George, Jamil, and Jad.

Since his childhood, Majd had to work hard to afford his livelihood; he started as a tile polishing worker in 2006 and then was able to have his private tiling equipment which improved his income...


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Taxi


George Shehadeh is one of the people who were forced to spend all their life savings during the years of war and ended up on the verge of financial collapse.

George is married and a father of two beautiful sons, Salim (born in 2009), and Lynn (born in 2013), living along with his family in his parents' modest house in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood.

Since the year 2000, he worked as a taxi driver, but the explosions and heavy shelling after the war started...


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