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

Embroidery Machine


We all experience difficult times in our lives;  a job loss, or adjusting to a life change. Raffi lost his job and his workshop as well as two embroidery machines that were stolen at the beginning of the war.

The 50-year-old man is the father of two children, and the only provider for his family. He has been working as a supervisor on the embroidery machine since 2003 in his workshop, but the area was unreachable and robbed, he closed his...


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Sewing Workshop


“We can’t surrender, we must continue our daily strife, it’s our destiny”.

Lina is a 55 years old mother of 2 kids who suffered a lot during the last decade, her family had to be displaced to another house provided by the local church after their home was damaged and the area became unhabitable due to the control of armed groups.

Lina used to work in many sewing workshops since she was young, she has more than 25 years of experience in...


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Photography Gear


Photography is the art of making memories tangible

With that quote, Paul Kevork started his story; the father of two children started his career in the photography field 33 years ago, his good reputation made him popular among photographers, so he used to work with many famous studios and also as a freelancer.

Just before the war, Paul bought the latest equipment and continued developing his work, until the start of the crisis when the majority of studios closed and he became jobless....


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Taxi


Wajdi, a 31-year-old man, is from a small village in the countryside of Hama; “Ayyo” is a simple rural village whose residents traditionally work in agriculture, and that's what Wajdi did, in addition to some construction work before he was recruited into the military.

His family's livelihood was good before the war started, they used to own a taxi that Wajdi and his father used to drive to increase the family income.

But unfortunately during the war, Wajdi's father was kidnapped in...


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Design Equipment


Anything worth achieving usually requires a lot of long-term effort and Sako always loved creativity from a very young age. He is a young man of 21 years old, lives with his parents, his father owns a lathing machine workshop and his mother is a teacher in a private school.

Sako is studying at the design institute and attending many professional training courses in the field he loves. He wanted to get some experience in the workplace, so he started applying...


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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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Mini Pick-up Truck


After suffering many heart problems, Adham had to stop his work in floor tiling, this decision was not easy specially that he worked in this job since 1990. The father of two bought a mini pick-up truck (Suzuki) and started transporting goods from and to the workshops. He chose this job mainly because it was suitable for his health condition, and also because he has very good relations with many craftsmen. Unfortunately, he has not been spared from the dangers...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Shadi is a married man who has two beautiful daughters; Mira (12 years) and Nay (9 years), he used to work in distributing goods with many different companies throughout his long career and he is the only provider for his family. This family was living a peaceful life at their house in Al-Warshah (a neighborhood near Al-Hamidia) until the cruel war forced them to leave everything behind seeking safety, so they went to a village near Homs. When things got...


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Makeup Kit


Noura who studies psychological counseling is the youngest girl in her family, she lives with her parents after her three brothers traveled abroad searching for job opportunities to help their father in supporting the family during the hard economic circumstances.

Noura as well thought of a way to provide her own income, especially that her father has many health problems so she decided to use her skills in doing makeup, her mother who encouraged and believed in her talent helped her in...


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Cars Repairing Workshop


Suleiman lives with his family of six; his father, his wife and 3 daughters. In 2012, the industrial area became very dangerous and he couldn't reach his workshop for car repairs that he had opened there back in 1998, when the family's journey with displacement had started.

the family fled to a village near Homs where they had to stay at their relatives' place with another 6 families for 3 months, being the sole breadwinner, Suleiman rented a workshop there but...


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Mini-Market


Kamal inherited his father’s shop which was opened 40 years ago, this shop has always been known for meeting all the needs of any family with wide variation in food commodities and cleaning products. Kamal lives with his wife, his daughter and his son and he is the sole provider for the family.

The devastating war on Syria caused a sharp increase in prices and low purchasing power, the business was affected badly and it became harder to buy new goods....


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Mini-Market


Katia’s life turned upside down when her husband, the only provider for the family was diagnosed with brain cancer. Katia is a mother of three; two daughters and a son, this family was living peacefully at their house in Homs until 2011, the year that their life was changed forever.

This family was displaced from their home but their real suffering began when the head of the family started his battle with cancer. In 2014, the city of Homs became safe...


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Van


Alaa used to work in goods distribution on his van since 2008, he was living with his wife Sally a happy life at their small house in Al-Hamidia neighborhood and planning to start a lovely family.

Unfortunately, the vicious war came and changed all their plans, their neighborhood became a dangerous place so they went to his village (Om-Sharshouh) which was safe back then but they didn’t expect that war would chase them there to take everything they had.

In 2013, the...


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Laser Cutting Machine


When someone believes in his thoughts, what was difficult becomes very easy; that was exactly what happened with Bernard who believed in his life-project from the very beginning and did not give in to life difficulties. He is the only provider for his family; his wife Jocelyn, his son Jamy and his brother-in-law George who has M.S(Multiple sclerosis), they are living with his brother's family of three all in the same apartment.

Bernard worked for an advertising and marketing company since 2006,...


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Homemade Candles


Hanaa is a married woman and a mother of three; two sons and a daughter. Her husband has been suffering for eleven years from heart disease and went through many surgeries which put huge financial burdens on the family.

In 1992, she opened a sewing supplies shop to help her husband but after the war, life became harder and the economic crisis affected small businesses so heavily. Since Hanaa was young she had many hobbies like making handmade items and candles,...


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Mini-Market


War has divided many Syrian families and Elias’s family was one of them. Elias is a married man and a father of three sons; his elder son was martyred in the war while the other son left the country seeking a better life. 

Today, Elias is living with his wife and his son Rami who chose to stay with them, Elias used to work in a small shop he opened in 2004, this shop has always been his only source of...


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Mobile Phones Store


Fadi lives with his wife Yara and their son George, he used to work at his own shop since 2012, which is located in a crowded area at the intersection of two important streets.

War and its subsequent circumstances like the economic crisis and the high costs of living led him to a very difficult situation as he was unable to provide the shop with more merchandises and supplies making it half-empty, his business was affected badly and his income became insufficient for his family’s basic needs. 

Fadi needs to improve his business by supplying his shop with more goods and mobile phone accessories that will ofcourse help him to revive his only source of livelihood especially that he has a great reputation in the area.

Mobile Phones Store


Wissam (35 years old) who works in a mobile phones store is the sole provider for his father and mother. He started learning about this domain in 2013 when he was working in someone's else store, he worked there for 3 years and when he mastered this profession he was able to open his own store in 2016, he rented a store in a good location in a densely populated area, and indeed, this store helped him to stand on...


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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


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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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


George is a married man and the father of three daughters Dina, Rita, and Rima.

George suffers from speech disorder but that didn’t prevent him from working or having a normal lifestyle as for the last 30 years, he has been working at the Ministry of Health as a physical therapist.

He handled his tough work schedule for many years to ensure a dignified life for his family, because all he cared about was raising his daughters to become successful individuals in...


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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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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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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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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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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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