Micro PROJECTS

Micro PROJECTS

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.

Sewing Machines


With the start of the war in 2012, Elias’s struggle began. The family was staying in a relatively new inhabited area in Aleppo called Al-Jalaa, with his wife Mirna and their 2-years-old son, but the problem was that Al-Jalaa area was surrounded by armed groups, and consequently was targeted with hundreds of shell attacks and sniper shots, in fact it didn’t take that long until Al-Jalaa became almost deserted. Elias was hoping that they could be safe since their house...


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When he went away to serve his country and joined the military service, Raffi did not know that his life will change forever and that it will take him more than six years to be back to his hometown and family.

In 2010, Raffi was at his assigned position in Damascus, at first everything was going smoothly and the two-year mission was about to end when the war started, making the long-waited end of duty nearly impossible. Soon enough in 2012,...


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Silver Crafting Workshop


There’s something satisfying and fulfilling about practicing a job you love, far more than the financial aspects of it. It is what makes Ohannes (the former goldsmith) wants to go work as a Silversmith.

Ohannes is 55 years old, he used to work in a Goldsmith workshop since 1980, in his long years of practice he refined his skills and gained a great deal of experience in this work, and although he wasn’t self-employed but he loved what he did. His...


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Cars Spare Parts


Despite all the shells and missiles falling on Al-Suleymanieh area where they live, Elias Kharbout (59 years old), his wife Nadia and their son Moussa (28 years old), have never left their family’s house. Of course, many times the situation was very bad; their lives were threatened every time a mortar shell exploded nearby but the family didn’t have anywhere else to go. 

Elias’s shop in Bustan Al-Basha was already out of reach, destroyed and robbed of all the merchandise in...


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Car Electrician


In his modest Workshop, Nerses Ashdokenian manages to make the most out of the small space available, the limited electricity, and the little resources to keep his business going despite of all hardships.

Nerses is a 47-years-old father of three beautiful girls; Jeanette, Vergine and Anna. He is the sole provider for them since his wife Mayda is a stay at home mom, bringing up her lovely daughters. 

Since 1985, Nerses chose a different path from his father career-wise, his father was...


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Stationery Store


In one of the most beautiful streets in Aleppo, and probably from the most heavily affected areas by war, Nabil Shouha and his mother Soaad live. The old embellished buildings of Al-Azizieh have witnessed a lot of dark days during the war; mortar shells, deadly shrapnel and sniper shots threatened the life of the residents and spread fear among people.

The 33-years-old Nabil with his mother stayed there the whole time despite all the horror and fear, one time a mortar...


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Gharabed Nazarian and his family live in their house in Al-Midan neighborhood, he is a father of two boys; Antranik (22 years old) and Raffi (17 years old). Although Al-Midan became very dangerous to live in (the house windows and Aluminum framing all fell and got damaged several times due to the falling missiles), but the family never left their home.

Since hardships never come single, around the same time of the constant shells’ attacks threatening their lives on daily basis,...


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Mobile Phones Maintenance


One of the many downsides to living in a country struck by war is the financial instability, a lot of people lost their livelihood because of destruction, others had to change the course of their careers and flip from one domain to another and that what happened to Norayr.

Norayr is a 25-years-old man married to Nour and a father of a beautiful 2-years-old daughter “Maritta”. Norayr first worked with his father in his shop in Al-Telal street (his father was...


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It’s a brave decision to start a family in a country that is caught up in a nearly decade long war, and each person needs the help and support of one’s family to make it work on every level. Tawfik Zreik and his wife Rim were lucky to have this kind of support from both of their parents. 

The couple tied the knot in 2016, their marital house was offered to them by Tawfik’s father since it is extremely hard to...


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Fadi Alsaado is a former employee in the local postal corporation, he is happily married to Rima who works in Aleppo University, the couple have a 21-years-old daughter Eva; an English Literature college student.

This family’s life took a shocking turn when in 2013 Fadi was kidnapped while working, it was a terrible experience to be ambushed the way he was while running a work task; he was on his way leaving his office to the destination mentioned, when he found...


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Taxi


The constantly increasing costs of living accompanied with the decreasing value of currency caused by the economic crisis, is a real challenge facing the working class and making survival harder than it already is in a country torn by war.

Elias knows a lot about this challenge, he is a newly married and a father of two little children; Charbel who’s 3 and Michaella who’s 2 years old. Since 2010, Elias has worked as a driver, in addition to his job...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


In 2014, Antoine's struggle with the disease changed the course of his family’s life forever.

Antoine Fattal who’s 61-years-old works as a car mechanic, he used to own a workshop in Bustan Al Basha and at the same time he is the father of three sons; Naeem, Morris and George. With the start of the war the series of losses started with the armed groups confiscating Bustan Al-Basha area, Antoine lost his workplace and all equipment. 

It was a difficult time for...


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