Micro-Projects is a livelihood-support program which helps family providers who had either lost their livelihood during the war, or aspire to be a productive and financially independent part of the community by starting their own income generating business. By financing their micro-projects, Christian Hope Center is helping Christian families to have a sustainable source of income, through the provision of equipment, machinery and tools. This will eventually mitigate the economic harm caused by increasing poverty and insecurity, preserve their dignity, and alleviate the calamities of war and the economic crisis, which will ultimately preserve the existence of an active Christian community in Syria. In addition to the Micro-Projects supported in Cities of Aleppo, Homs and Damascus, the program also supports families who rely on agriculture as their principal source of income in rural Homs.


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Jan found himself serving in the midst of chaos as Idlib, his area of service, turned into a battlefield; he was attacked by militants but thankfully unharmed, sadly, three of his friends were killed before his eyes. His house was also hit by several mortar shells. He and his family experienced terrifying horror. 

When he was discharged from the army, he found himself without any work skills. His father passed away two months ago due to a stroke, and his mother...


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Blacksmith


George was visited at his sister's house, where he lives with his family of four. They have been living with his sister's family for three years, sharing living expenses and rent.

George is married with two sons. He is originally from the Al-Jadida area in Idlib countryside, where he was settled with his family and owned a blacksmith shop equipped with full tools. However, the war forced them to leave their town in 2013 due to the unstable conditions and lack...


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Pharmacy


Areej, a pharmacist, is married with two children. She has worked tirelessly and diligently to achieve her goals in life.

Pharmacists encounter many people daily, requiring them to have patience which is a key quality that Areej possesses that helped her navigate the challenges of dealing with doctors and patients alike.

Areej is from Homs, she graduated from Al-Baath University with a degree in Pharmacy. After graduation, she worked as a representative for a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. However, due to the war,...


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Car Maintenance


George is married with two children, he works as an auto mechanic. He learned the trade from a young age and currently works in his brother's shop due to his inability to afford rental costs for his own place. During the war, he moved to Lebanon and continued working in auto repair. He had a set of tools in Aleppo, but most of them were stolen due to the lack of security in the area where he was working.

George suffered...


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Yervant served his country for over 9 years, across most Syrian cities. However, in 2016, he sustained a shoulder injury that resulted in a 15% disability, leading to his reassignment to the back lines as a driver.

Yervant is married and has an newborn son. After giving birth, his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, rendering her unable to care for their child. Consequently, her mother lives with them to help with the baby.

During his military service, Yervant was responsible for...


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For fifteen years, Makardij has been serving at the Franciscan Sisters' Monastery with a modest salary. He lives with his son in a house borrowed from a relative.

Makardij once owned a Suzuki that he worked with, but during the war, he sold it in hopes of financing his travel abroad. Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, he lost the money, and his plan to travel fell through.

Despite the challenges, he remained resilient, driven by his desire to provide a better future...


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"Thank God for everything", this is how Mr. Karabet began his conversation during the visit. Karabet is married and has a son and a daughter.

Currently, he works as a driver for a mobile-phone company, but with a low salary. He transports employees and goods between centers.

His daughter suffers from cerebral palsy due to a medical error during childbirth. He bought a car in partnership to work with, but he didn't keep it for more than three months because his daughter...


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Motor Winding


Samir is married and has two sons. He works in motor rewinding and repairs all industrial tools. His father used to have an aluminum manufacturing plant, but due to the war, the plant was completely looted and destroyed. These successive events took a toll on the family, and his father sadly passed away.

After losing the plant at the beginning of the war, Samir decided to take his family and move to start a new life. He chose to go to...


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"You are my brothers, and your visit today is a blessing from the Lord"

This is how Alaa welcomed us during our visit. He is the breadwinner for a family of four children and his wife. His daughters are in school, one son is serving in the army, and the other son left school to help him at work. Alaa currently works as a guard at the Farhat Square area, a gathering place for three churches.

Alaa and his family, along with...


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Car Body Repair


George is married and has one child, he lives with his family in a rented house. 

He learned his profession from a young age and is a well-known craftsman in the area as he works with passion and says that his profession is a part of his life.

When the earthquake hit, his home was damaged and became uninhabitable, forcing him to rent a house to protect his family.

When misfortunes come, they come together; he was still coping with the loss of...


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Laser Machine


Naeem is a young man, married, and has a child. He was called to military service in 2017 and served for six years. During his military service, his expatriate brother supported him to meet all his financial needs throughout his service in Aleppo. 

With determination and effort, Naeem continued working in the goldsmithing field, but as an apprentice. He worked hard and tried to save a little money to pursue the dream he had been striving for since childhood.

Immediately after his...


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Veterinary Clinic


Ahmad, 42 years old, is a veterinarian who has been working in this profession since 2006. He is the father of two girls, and his wife is training to become a lawyer. Dr. Ahmad is also a volunteer with the Rifq Association for Animal Care.

Ahmad loves his profession very much and has worked diligently, developing significantly in his field. In 2017, he moved to a larger clinic where he performs all types of surgeries for animals. He has a big...


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Nail Care Kit


Katia's interest in the field of nail care started as a hobby, without imagining that someday, it will be the main source of livelihood for her small family and a way to alleviate the heavy burdens on her husband's shoulders. 

She was living with her parents in Homs city, where she started working by using some simple tools, and over time, her special skills encouraged her to turn it to a source of income; by the beginning of the war, Katia's...


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Plumbing Equipment


Youssef learned plumbing at a young age and started practicing his profession in 2003 when he finished his military service. He worked for a few years in Homs and then had the opportunity to work in Lebanon, where he stayed for 7 years. Working there allowed him to enrich his skills and save some money, so he decided to return back home and start his own family; he got married and lived with his wife at his parent's house and...


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Barbershop


Hisham's life is a long journey of striving and hard work, he lives with his father, step-mother, and sister and he works in his barbershop, which he opened back in 2020 after finishing his military service.

He discovered his passion for this profession at a young age when he used to work during summer vacations at a barbershop in their neighborhood. At the age of 18, Hisham had the opportunity to travel and work in the UAE where he had a...


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Aluminum Workshop


Losing his one-year-old daughter was the hardest thing Shadi had to go through because of the vicious war. He is a married man and a father of three, two daughters and a son, and he is the family's sole breadwinner.

Shadi works with his brother in their aluminum workshop, which is the source of livelihood for their families in addition to their elderly parents.

The current electricity crisis has affected the productivity of work in the workshop that they opened 22 years...


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Blacksmithing Workshop


Samer is a blacksmith who is married and a father of two daughters. He started working in 1990, and opened his current workshop back in 2011, just before the onset of war, but after it started, Samer's workshop was robbed and he lost all of the machines. 

With some money he saved, Samer managed to compensate for the stolen machinery and resume his work, but unfortunately, in 2013, the electric generator was stolen from his workshop and he couldn’t buy a...


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Pharmacy


Syrians are still suffering from the reflections of the destructive war on all aspects of life; the economic crisis affected people's ability to ensure a decent living, especially the youth, who need to build up their future, but despite all the difficulties there will always be hope.

Alice is a pharmacist who lives with her parents and sister. After graduating, she was so excited to start her career but unfortunately, her family could not afford the costs of establishing a pharmacy,...


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Wall Painting Equipment


Elias is a hard-working man, who despite all the tough circumstances didn't accept to sit and watch. He is married and a father of 2 sons, he chose wall-painting as his main profession since 1993.

In 2012, the family was displaced from their neighborhood Bab Al-Sebaa to Fairouza village and lost all of their belongings in addition to Elias's equipment. Upon their great loss, they decided to start all over again, and settled down in Fairouza, while his two sons traveled...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Yaackoub is a floor tiler, this profession has been his only source of livelihood since 2000. 

His equipment was stolen twice from the construction sites due to the chaotic situation in the country after the war, and he had to stop working for two years. However, as the only provider for his wife and their two children, he was helped by good-willed people to buy some simple tools and resume his work.

Yaackoub is facing a hard challenge nowadays just like many...


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Wood Shaving Workshop


Where there's a will, there is always a way! All of us have a goal in life, however, this goal is only achieved by people who have strong willpower and work hard with dedication, and George is a great example of strength to start all over again despite the hard circumstances. 

Going back to the pre-war period, he used to live with his family in their village "Al-Qaryaten" and he was responsible for running the family's tile factory. By 2015, this...


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Pots Maintenance and Polishing Workshop


Imad is the only provider for his wife and their 2 sons in addition to his mother. His family was displaced from their home village "Al-Qaryaten" and escaped to Fairouza village away from the horrors of war.

Imad used to work in many fields before the war; in 2012, he decided to start his own project to support his family and with the available simple capabilities, Imad started his workshop of pots maintenance and polishing, due to people's need for such...


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Car Electrical System Maintenance


Elia is a young man who had the courage to start his own business, he lives with his parents and sister in Fairouza village after the family was displaced from their home city Homs; they had to stay in a rented apartment for 6 years until they managed to buy their current house.

Since his father is an old man, he was no longer able to work and provide for the family and Elia took this responsibility upon himself despite his...


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Mini-Winch


"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." This saying describes Shafik's tough experience; he was one of the 270 people who were held in captivity in Al-Qaryatayn village, which witnessed the terrors of the devastating war.

The story started when the armed groups attacked his home village Al-Qaryatayn and he was trying to protect his wife and their 3 children, the selfless father managed to get them out but he couldn't escape and was kidnapped for 3 months until he had...


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Barber Shop


Bassam Zaitoun 38, a man of humble beginnings, is married to Sulaf Taweel and has a 4-year-old cute girl called Tatiana who was the source of hope and happiness in their lives despite the challenges they faced.

Bassam was a skilled barber, a craft he had learned in his village where he established his own barbershop and worked tirelessly for 23 years. However, the crisis has weighed heavily on the overall situation especially in Bassam's village as many have moved to...


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Mini Van


Elias's journey was marked by hard work and perseverance as he started from an early age to provide for himself and support his family.  He is married to Wedian Janoura and they live in a modest home in Al-Dwalaa where they had their two sons; Loran born in 2010, and Sairj in 2013.

From his early days, Elias worked as a farmer in his hometown of Hamra village then moved between various jobs such as in an engineering office and later...


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Homemade Meals & Sweets


Cozet Al-Ashhab is 40 years old and married to Louay Alomar, a loving and supportive husband. Her love for confectionery started at an early age, a passion nurtured over the years as her journey began in 2005 when she found her peace and joy in her kitchen creations, and despite hurdles, her resolve remained unyielding.

However, life was not easy for Cozet and through the years of war she had to work and provide for herself and her family so she...


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Sewing Workshop


Margaret is still in her twenties, yet she carries burdens far beyond her years. She grew up in a modest family with poor financial conditions, which forced her to take on responsibilities at a young age; she started working as a saleswoman in a clothing store to cover her expenses and help her parents as much as she could. She later got married and moved to her husband's village, where she worked in a sewing workshop, hoping that her marriage...


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Nail care Kit


With great determination and faith, Odet Ibrahim 34, insisted on continuing her life and moving forward, challenging the failed marriage experience that ended in separation without allowing despair and sadness to creep into her heart. She became responsible for her daughter Joelle and wanted to provide her with the best means of life, so she returned to live in her parent's house trying to secure a safe environment for her daughter.

Odet began her professional life in 2008 when she and...


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Electricity Generator


Abeer, the affectionate wife, and devoted mother, always placed her family first, even before herself, and although her life was filled with challenges and hardships, she never lost hope.

She is 51, married, and was living with her husband in Aleppo where she commenced her professional life as an employee in a private company in 2000, but left her job ten years later to dedicate herself to raising her two sons Marcel and Daniel.

In 2012, her husband's silver workshop was hit...


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Homemade Meals


Samar Haddad, 49, is married with two sons, Amer born in 1995, balanced freelance work with studies at the Trade and Economic University,  and Wadei, born in 1999, juggled employment with his education at Damascus University's media faculty.

Samar started her working life in 2008, as a home-based cook until 2018 when she decided to go further in this career and gained a chef certification in both Eastern and Western cuisines determined to enhance her work.

However, as a result of their...


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Photography Equipment


With a passion for capturing sweet moments and telling stories through his lens, Majd Deeb 34, had always dreamed of turning his love for photography and videography into a full-fledged career. 

He is newly married to Rita Aleid, who is a dedicated doctor specializing in hematology and oncology, and supported Majd's ambitions wholeheartedly.

Majd's journey in the world of visual arts began after graduating from the College of Applied Arts as he started his professional career at Sama TV in 2014, working...


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Solar Power Installations


During the past decade, Attallah had a tumultuous journey marked by displacement, loss, and insecurity. He is 39, married, and has a five-year-old son called Hanna.

As a result of the war in Syria, his life was turned upside down especially since he was living in Al-Zababdani area which witnessed severe conflicts at the beginning of the crisis causing losses and displacement to many of its residents including Attallah whose house was destroyed completely and all his furniture and work equipment...


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Since his youth, Mouab's life was full of challenges and difficulties, but he never lost hope, and by continuing to work hard, he was able to overcome all obstacles and reach his goals. 

Mouab began his work during his university education as he took jobs in various fields, from working in a packaging factory to working as a guard trying his best to support himself and his family. In 2013 Mouab was kidnapped for 10 days, tortured and beaten, and had...


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