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

Caoutchouc Compressors.


We suffered a lot during wartime, my house was in Bustan al-Basha area, I used to work in the industrial scales and when the armed troops went in we were displaced and we rented a house in the relatively safe areas. I learned later that my house was fully ruined, I had to work in anything just to provide some income for my family, I sold vegetables on the streets then I found a job in the rubber molds and compressors industry which I had to learn. Now I want with the help of this initiative to open a workshop and buy some equipment and that’s way I can start a new life with a big hope for the future and to increase my income to secure a good life for my family. My message for the Christians abroad is “God bless you and give you the strength”

Goldsmithing Kit


Fadi and his two brothers had a goldsmithing workshop before the crisis. When the war began they sold their equipment to provide for their livelihood costs. “We also did not know if we’re going to stay here or what was going to happen”. Fadi then started working in another goldsmithing workshop, and his wife worked as a makeup artist between houses, “she didn’t get that much work”. The Orthodox Social Service helps them with a monthly aid. One of his brothers is also married and the other is recruited in the military since 7 and a half years. “Our situation was very good before the war, we were comfortable”. Fadi applied at Hope Center to buy equipment for his workshop and to start his old business again.

Makeup Kit


Fepromya used to live with her family in Al-Sayed Ali area before the armed forces entered. They were displaced to her grandmother’s house fearing for their lives. During the period in which they were living at her grandmother’s house her father asked for divorce so They had to leave the house. “It has been 7 years since he left us, he’s now married and he has a kid”. She only finished her elementary education and then she quitted school, “I...


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Furniture Cushioning


I had a workshop for furniture cushioning in Sheikh Khder before the war, armed forces suddenly entered that area and I lost my equipment. After that I worked as a carpenter, doorkeeper, and finally in water refilling. One of my customers, when I was working as a carpenter, I met someone that also has a workshop for furniture cushioning and I was given the opportunity to work with him. I stayed in Damascus for two years, the first year my...


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Taxi


Makar is from Al-Yaacoubya village in the countryside of Aleppo. He and his parents had a house there and a land that they used to grow olives in. “we were very comfortable; our status was good”. When the armed forces entered the area they all came to the city. “on the first year we depended on our savings, then I started working in a shipping office that is owned by my friend”. He stayed working as a janitor with the...


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Car Alternator Core Winding


Before the crisis Garo used to work in repairing washing machines, it no longer provided sufficient income for him so he traveled to Armenia trying to build his future there. “That also didn’t work, and it seemed better for me to come back here to my house and take care of my mother who’s living alone”. He used to sell water and wood logs before he found work at someone’s machines windings workshop. “I was responsible of everything, that’s why...


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Supermarket


“I’m single and I live with my father and sister, my father is gravely sick and my sister can’t work because she looks after him.” They didn’t leave Aleppo at all since the crisis began 7 years ago. “I work in Aluminum crafting, it’s my main profession. I lost my job at the beginning of the war; my workshop was located on the fire lines in Midan. I started working in food distribution for charity organizations and sometimes merchants. On...


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Industrial Compressors Workshop


Razmig had a workshop for industrial compressors before the crisis in Bawabet Al-Qasab area. That area was heavily damaged and became too dangerous for anyone to be able to go there. Before the crisis, when he was a university student, he used to supervise the workshop after his classes every day, but after his graduation he was employed in a bank. during the war, the bank needed to let go of some of its employees and Razmig lost his job,...


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Car Alternators Shop


Before the crisis my situation was as good as everyone else, I had some savings. During the crisis, I spent them,I used to live in a rented house in Midan, and now I live in a house provided for me by a friend. I’m married, and the provider of my family, my sister, and my mother. My mother has a retirement salary, and my sister started working not long ago. Business is currently not going very well, because of the...


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Metalwork Crafting Workshop


During the crisis I was kidnapped, armed men took me to Edleb then I came out with a settlement. I was shot in the stomach and the Maristes helped me with the recovery costs, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to afford the costs, they also helped in my work-training which I took before applying for this initiative. My wife used to teach in a center but she was discriminated for being Christian and ended up being...


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Plumbing Shop


I have worked in plumbing since 1992, I also worked as a blacksmith for a while but I got injured. Currently, I live with my wife, my daughter, my father and my mother-in-law and I’m the sole provider for the family. Earlier this year my mother passed away, she had a stroke and she was recovering from it in the village, her medicine was unavailable there so we called the doctor and he described another medicine which later turned on to be...


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Manakish Griddle


Before the crisis I used to work with my brothers in mobile-accessories, the business wasn’t so good we ended up with lots of debts so we shut down the shop and that was a huge loss. During war time I worked in a café cleaning tables and waitering, I even sold cookies on the streets; just to provide some money for my family, then I started to sell logs. I was displaced during the war with my family to Mashta al Helou...


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