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

Pick-up Truck


When Kamil’s father passed away, he left a huge responsibility on his young son’s shoulders which is to take care of his mother and sister in all aspects of life, specially financially. After his sister got married, Kamil became the sole provider in the house. In order to make a living he started working as a sales person for a food company in addition to many side hustles to be able to pay the rent, electricity and their everyday needs....


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Sewing Workshop


Rania comes from a big family, she lives with her mother, both of her brothers and their own families, all in the same household. From early on Rania grew to be an independent, strong woman on every aspect. Her long years of experience in the sewing field enabled her to open her own workshop just before the war started.

Like many people, Rania was affected by the ramification of war. The lack of electricity, the bombing and the bad economics in...


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Blacksmithing Workshop


Elia Wanessian is a 41-years-old man, who takes care of his mother, aunt and wife. Elia Chose to be a blacksmith from an early age, pursuing a better career options, in 1990 Elia went to Lebanon and stayed there until 2017.

When he returned to Syria, everything was changed, he first settled in Al-Salamieh, a small town near Homs. However, a rift between him and his business partner, costed him the loss of all his machinery which he worked hard his...


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Sandwich Shop


In order to financially support his family of four and take care of his mother, George had to work many jobs from sales to metal spraying to even working in a gas station. George has always been a hard-working resilient man who always managed to be good at whatever he does.

Now that the war is over, the hope of going back to his old house in AL-Sheikh Maksoud was revived. George and the family had suffered a lot, Michelin, his...


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Handmade crafts


The harsh circumstances which Mirna was exposed to during the prolonged war, made her search for a way to contribute to the family’s income along with her siblings since she and her son live in her parents' house. The family's house was damaged severely and they all feel lucky enough they weren't physically hurt from the many tragic explosions and bombings that occurred in their neighborhood.

Today Mirna utilized her talents in making handmade souvenirs, and turned it into a business....


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Taxi


After Hanna lost his house and his pick-up truck in Al-sheikh Maksoud, life became much harder for him and for his family. Since 2012 they have been living in a rented apartments, due to the constantly rising prices of rents, every now and then they are forced to look for a new more affordable place to live in. Hanna’s current salary as a driver for a telecom company, in addition to his wife’s income are both barely enough to put...


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Mobile Phones' Maintenance


When Gabriel’s family lost their business, car, and their house was hit by shells twice in Midan area, they were very devastated. They fled to Damascus and later returned to Aleppo, and because they were still homeless, they had to stay in the church for a while (until they managed to repair their house to a habitable status). When all of that was happening Gabriel and his family were losing all the hope they had. Gabriel, being a hardworking and...


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Sewing Workshop


Tony Saeed, the father of two is an example of resilience in times of war. On both safety and financial aspects Tony and his family have suffered for long time. Their house in Al Midan was extremely dangerous, the falling shells had their toll on the family specially the children, it got to a point where they were forced to leave their home (and ever since they have been living in rented apartments). 

Before the war, Tony’s job was going good,...


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Sewing Machines


Theodora lives with her mother and takes good care of her. Being single and the only working member in the family, the burdens of financially supporting the livelihood fall completely on Theodora’s shoulders. 

The war years was hard for the two ladies, their house and the sewing workshop that she used to work in, were both in Al-Midan, which is a considerably dangerous area in Aleppo. But Theodora and her mother managed to survive safely throughout those dark days. 

In fact, Teodora...


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Sewing Machines


Annie’s family suffered a lot during the war, first their farmland in northeast of Syria got confiscated, which was devastating for the family, specially for Annie’s husband Antoine who had a heart attack due to the overwhelming news of losing his lands and crops. Then one of the many shells that were falling on Aleppo city hit Annie’s building, the incident resulted in the injury of a family friend who was rushed into the ER to get the needed stitches....


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Sewing Machines


Saad is a 37-years-old man who chose to make a risky decision of changing his career more than five years ago. Originally Saad was working in retail business, but after loosing his shop and the merchandise in Al-Ramouseh, he found himself without any job for more than two years, he decided to begin a new career in tailoring. He started this path by taking a course to learn everything related to this new domain, then he borrowed his uncle’s old...


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Sewing Workshop


Akram, his wife Claude, son Salim and daughter Dalal have witnessed the war in Aleppo and suffered immensely of its consequences. The constantly falling shells during the first few years affected Salim and Dalal’s mental health greatly, the explosions and the horrors pushed them on the verge of a breakdown. Specially when one of those shells hit Akram's car that was parked in front of their building.

Akram’s business was also affected, when his partner decided to leave the country, they...


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Grains and Spices Shop


Toni used to work with his father at their spices shop for 20 years, this shop was very popular in the area and many clients used to visit them from all over the city, he was living happily with his wife and their three beautiful daughters at their home in Homs. When the cruel war began, his family was forced to flee to a village called “Rabah” where he started from Zero and as the sole provider for his family,...


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Sewing Workshop


"A very busy and filled with noisy machines workshop, has suddenly turned into a quiet and empty place"

In 1980, this workshop was opened by Nasser, who is a tailor and the sole breadwinner for his family of four, he was well-known for his wide experience in this profession and for providing many services like sewing and fashion designs.

the workshop used to be a source of livelihood for another two families as he hired employees to help him, he prepared his...


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Mini-Market and Dairy Shop


This family’s tragedy started when they were displaced from their village (Om-Sharshouh) leaving behind their whole life. Osama who is the only provider for his family of five and his parents had a restaurant in his village which later was completely destroyed with the start of the war. 

Since he moved to the city of Homs, he searched for a source of livelihood to provide for his family and tried working in many professions like wall painting, cars repairing and floor...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


Margaret is a married woman and a mother of two; a boy and a girl, all she cared about since her only daughter Nadia started studying at the university was encouraging her to continue her studies after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Lately, life burdens became very heavy on her husband’s shoulders, who works in a mini-market. She found it necessary to help him during these tough circumstances, sometimes, she used to work with him in his shop and she gained a good experience in sales over time. Margaret applied to the Micro Projects to open a cotton clothes shop then got the suitable support to start her project which will enable her to stand beside her husband and help him in providing a better income for their children.

Blacksmith Workshop


Alber loved blacksmithing a lot until he mastered this skill because this profession was his passion, he started working in his workshop in Al-Bayada neighborhood since a very young age.

He was living with his wife Nariman, his son Yousef and his little daughter Angel a peaceful life in their house in Hamidia, when the war started they fled to a village near Homs in 2011. During this period Alber was in a car accident that caused him a serious injury...


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Coffee Shop


Her will to live was stronger than all the pain she went through, giving the greatest sacrifice by choosing to keep her baby instead of taking the cure as a pregnant woman, her name is Nisreen and she is a mother of two; Jessica and George. She was diagnosed with breast cancer while carrying her baby. Taking the treatment was harmful to him so she refused it, and completed her pregnancy with a lot of courage and patience. 

After her baby’s...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


Amal found herself the only responsible for her four children after her husband’s death; as a young single mother, she didn’t give up and did her best to ensure her children a dignified life. she took a loan and opened a cotton clothes shop in her village (Al-Qusayr) where this family used to live before the war. 

Amal raised her children on her own, their education was her highest priority, later they grew up and started working too. the family finally...


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Nail Care Kit


Nadia gained wide experience in the beauty field throughout the years and attended a lot of courses in different countries like France and Lebanon until she herself became a trainer, then she delivered her experience to many other girls in her country. the single woman lives with her mother and she is her sole support. When the war started in 2011, she was deprived of doing what she really loves, which had a great impact on her as she is...


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Beauty Salon


“Each person has dreams of having his own business project, but for me, my dream project became a necessity of living to provide for my son and ensure him a dignified life.”

Juliana is the sole provider for her son, who became her only family after she split-up with her husband, and now they’re living at her parents’ house. 

Since she was young, she enjoyed working in the domain of beauty as a hobby, but later she mastered working in this field...


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Air conditioning and Electrical Devices Maintenance


When the war started in Homs, Amin did his best to keep his two sons safe, and the only way for that was helping them to travel abroad where they could start a new life away from war dangers, this decision was very hard on him as a father to watch his children leave and be away from him. Amin worked in air conditioning and electrical devices maintenance since 1982, he made a great reputation throughout his long career. Although...


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Mini-Market


Shukri is a retired school teacher who lives with his wife Mouna and his twin sons; Rabih and Rami (13 years). After retirement he couldn’t stay without a job during the hard economic circumstances, so he thought of opening his small shop especially that it is located in Wadi Al-Sayeh (a neighborhood near Al-Hamidia), as a neighborhood newly emerged from war, Shukri took the advantage of having the only mini-market in the area where life was coming back.

Just like all...


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Cleaning Materials Distribution


Imad worked in selling clothes for six years and everything was going well for him, until the devastating war started and destroyed his shop completely. Being the sole provider for his wife and three children, he had no other choice but to use his car in goods distribution, without knowing that this job will become his new source of livelihood for a long time.

When COVID-19 began to spread, he noticed that the local market requires more sanitizers and cleaning products so he...


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