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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Wall Painting and Decorating


Nassif is among many craftsmen who were affected by the war, losing his chance to enhance his work conditions due to the economic situation and the high prices.

He works in wall painting and decorating since 1998 and he is well-known for his great skills in this profession. In 2016, the hardworking man moved with his wife and their only son from their home village Maskanah to Fairouza village where they settled down and established a new life from scratch. 

Nassif's work...


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Car Washing Workshop


Ghassoub is the only provider for his wife and their two girls, and this man didn't give up no matter how hard were their circumstances. 

His career started in 1999 as a mini-bus driver, then a few years later, he was employed in an industrial company until the cruel war began, and ended up his 6-year journey.

Ghassoub couldn't stay without a job and immediately worked for a local association as a car mechanic for 9 years, where he gained great skills....


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Floor Tiling & Stone Cladding Equipment


Firas started working in floor tiling and stone cladding at a young age, after finishing his military service, he resumed work and mastered this profession when he was only 21 years old. 

His special skills and great experience opened up good opportunities for him in Lebanon so he traveled in 2012 hoping to improve his situation. He worked for a year there then the tragedy happened on the 30th of October 2013, when, unfortunately, his brother was martyred in the army...


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Plumbing Equipment


Feeling how near death is with every breath you take, and smelling the dust and smoke while leaving your home by force at gunpoint is one of the hardest things a person might go through in life.

Rami and his family of four had to leave their village Al-Qaryaten back in 2015 when it was attacked by armed groups who destroyed everything. He is a married man and a father of 2, Elina (11 years old) and George (10 years old)....


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Hussam works in floor tiling since 2006, this profession heavily relies on a sustainable power supply, and unfortunately just like many other craftsmen, he suffered from a severe lack of electricity and nearly lost his only source of livelihood. 

Hussam lives with his wife and their 3 children in addition to his elderly parents and he is the sole breadwinner for his big family.

The skilled man built great experience throughout the years and worked around the city of Homs and its...


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Floor Tiling & Stone Cladding Equipment


Nadim works in floor tiling and stone cladding since 1997 with his 2 brothers, he is the only provider for his wife Abir and their 2 children Asaad (13 years old) and Alinor (10 years old).

The family's suffering during the war isn't much different from the others; they escaped to their home village for 2 years to protect their kids and returned back when the situation stabilized in Homs.

Throughout the war years of hard work, Nadim used the same equipment...


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Dairy Shop


Ballan's dairy shop has been known for generations in Homs, it was first opened by Nekoula's father and throughout the years the shop has had a great reputation, well-known for the quality of its products. After the father's death, Nekoula became responsible for running the shop.

Nekoula is the only provider for his wife and 3 children; 2 daughters and a son, he used to work as an employee until he retired in 2015 and focused his time entirely on improving...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


From one of the city's simple neighborhoods, Najwan did his best to secure a better life, he lives with his family in a rented house and he's the only provider for a wife and 3 daughters. He worked in the field of restaurants managements for many years in order to save money and buy a house for the family, but unfortunately, this remained a dream when the cruel war started and Najwan lost all the savings in addition to the...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Somar experienced the bitterness of loss when his father, his only support in life, was killed by a sniper's bullet while he was sitting at home in December 2011. Somar was serving in the army back then, and he didn’t imagine that he was going to spend 9 years of his life away from his widowed mother who needed him the most. 

He finished his service in April 2020, and his journey to find a good work opportunity started; he tried...


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Stationery Store


Many years ago, Hala and her husband Antoun decided to travel and start a new life in Damascus city hoping for better opportunities. 

The couple had four children; 2 sons and 2 daughters, they lived happily in their house in Damascus until the cruel war started, and just like a lot of Syrian families, their fate was changed forever; the family's house was hit by a shell and burned to the ground, thankfully, no one got hurt, Hala and Antoun's only...


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Sewing Workshop


Houda is a selfless woman, who dedicated her life to her family; at a young age, she left school and learned tailoring instead, because unfortunately, her parents were unable to afford her education costs.  

She worked at many tailoring workshops until she acquired the needed skills and over the years, Houda managed to save some money and gradually buy the main machines, which allowed her to rent a shop and start her own workshop.  

Even though the small workshop was...


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Car Polishing Workshop


One of the hardest things Nizar has to deal with is facing the bitter truth of losing his father; they used to work together in their car polishing workshop since 2002, and they were more than just a father and a son. 

Unfortunately, his father passed away after a painful battle with COVID-19 leaving his wife behind, who had no one but her son; today Nizar lives with his wife and their two children in addition to his mother.

The treatment costs were...


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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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Yaser Al-Jaber, 49, is a caring father and husband who lives along with his wife and kids on the ground floor at his parents' house in Al-Dwallaa, while his elderly parents and his two sisters Suhaila and Rihab reside upstairs.

Yaser had worked for years in elevators' installation, dealing with heavy loads and demanding effort. However, an accident in 2011 changed everything as he fell from the fourth floor and was left with multiple fractures, shattered bones in his left arm,...


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