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

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Damascus

Embroidery Machine


We all experience difficult times in our lives;  a job loss, or adjusting to a life change. Raffi lost his job and his workshop as well as two embroidery machines that were stolen at the beginning of the war.

The 50-year-old man is the father of two children, and the only provider for his family. He has been working as a supervisor on the embroidery machine since 2003 in his workshop, but the area was unreachable and robbed, he closed his...


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Sewing Workshop


“We can’t surrender, we must continue our daily strife, it’s our destiny”.

Lina is a 55 years old mother of 2 kids who suffered a lot during the last decade, her family had to be displaced to another house provided by the local church after their home was damaged and the area became unhabitable due to the control of armed groups.

Lina used to work in many sewing workshops since she was young, she has more than 25 years of experience in...


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Photography Gear


Photography is the art of making memories tangible

With that quote, Paul Kevork started his story; the father of two children started his career in the photography field 33 years ago, his good reputation made him popular among photographers, so he used to work with many famous studios and also as a freelancer.

Just before the war, Paul bought the latest equipment and continued developing his work, until the start of the crisis when the majority of studios closed and he became jobless....


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Taxi


Wajdi, a 31-year-old man, is from a small village in the countryside of Hama; “Ayyo” is a simple rural village whose residents traditionally work in agriculture, and that's what Wajdi did, in addition to some construction work before he was recruited into the military.

His family's livelihood was good before the war started, they used to own a taxi that Wajdi and his father used to drive to increase the family income.

But unfortunately during the war, Wajdi's father was kidnapped in...


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Design Equipment


Anything worth achieving usually requires a lot of long-term effort and Sako always loved creativity from a very young age. He is a young man of 21 years old, lives with his parents, his father owns a lathing machine workshop and his mother is a teacher in a private school.

Sako is studying at the design institute and attending many professional training courses in the field he loves. He wanted to get some experience in the workplace, so he started applying...


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Sewing Workshop


“Every time you start sewing, it is like a new adventure" This is how Alice described her profession.

What started as a hobby for Alice turned into a profession with a good return for the whole family.

Alice started learning how to work on machines in a sewing workshop back in 2000, with practice she developed her skills and after ten years of experience the war came along; most people lost their jobs in that period and, unfortunately, Alice was one of...


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Silver Crafting


Vartan started working in silver crafting in 1970 when he was only 18 years old. He worked hard to establish a workshop and became a freelancer in 1983. Four years later, he had to sell all the equipment he purchased to travel abroad. But regrettably, when he couldn't make it there, he had to start over from scratch. He has lived alone his whole life since his parents passed away, because of all the hardships that he faced in his...


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Cold Cuts Shop


The Idea behind Angel's project started by participating in many food exhibitions with her sister, making cold cuts sandwiches, and receiving people's admiration for the amazing taste, so she decided to take a step forward and started thinking about opening her own food place due to the large number of requests.

At the beginning of the war, Angel escaped with her family to Tartous in search of safety; they had to sell their house in Aleppo. Now she lives with her...


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Taxi


Displacement remains a painful experience that most Syrian families went through during the war, searching for the safest places, Riad carried some belongings before their journey; his family fled to Damascus because of the shelling, especially after their house was damaged. With the help of his friends, they managed to rehabilitate their home after returning to Aleppo.

To secure a better income for the family, the young children decided to help their father by working with their uncle in the field...


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Lathing Workshop


Habib is a very hardworking man who had a prosperous life before the unjust war started in Syria. He has always worked in the industrial sector, specifically in the lathing craft where he gained great experience and became the workmaster at his workshop.

Unfortunately, in 2011 when the war began, the Syrian economy collapsed, Habib had to close the workshop and live on the savings, in addition to securing his father's treatment who sadly passed away, leaving the family heartbroken.

Habib moved...


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Sewing Workshop


Losing a house and being forced to leave it was one of the most difficult challenges that Dalal's family had to face. After leaving everything behind escaping from the war in Raqqa city, they have been displaced since 2014 to Hama, then Homs, and finally to Aleppo.

Dalal,50 years old, is the mother of four young children who are still studying. Her husband had a grocery store in Raqqa, but he lost it when they left and later couldn't work because...


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Taxi


Adel is a 33-year-old man, who spent almost the third of his life serving in the military; ten years of war in the front lines of battles were enough to exhaust this young man who survived by a miracle and returned to his beloved family.

Before the crisis started, Adel used to work in a clothes shop, Later, he tried to help his mother who is a hairdresser, trying to gain some experience in this profession. He thought that in two...


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Handmade Accessories


Razan's passion for artistic crafts started when a friend taught her about this skill and then they worked together as partners.

Razan is married and a mother of two boys, her family was displaced from Homs to Fairouza village, where they settled down in her brother's house after their old home in Homs was completely stolen and since then, Razan and her husband Fadi, who works as a floor tiler, are doing their best to compensate for their loss.

Unfortunately, her friend...


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Ceiling Décor


Karmo started working in the field of gypsum board installation back in 2010, drawing on his special talent in addition to the great skills that he gained by working around many Syrian cities throughout his career until he became one of the well-known craftsmen in this profession. 

He is a married man and a father of a boy and a girl and the only provider for his beloved family.

Using the same equipment for more than 10 years affected Karmo's work, while...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


When his equipment for floor tiling became no longer efficient, Salim had no other choice but to work with other craftsmen or borrow the essential tools in order to provide for his big family.

Salim is a floor tiler from Homs city, after the war he moved with his wife and their two sons in addition to his mother and sister to Fairouza village. Being responsible for his family, his income was hardly enough to cover their basic needs and he couldn't afford to buy new equipment, especially during the hard living conditions in the country and the severe economic crisis. 

Salim has been working in this profession since 2007, and after all these years of experience he deserves to work independently and improve his family's situation by getting the new equipment. 

Nail Care Kit


Being a young single mother can be a real challenge in our society, especially during the post-war period when securing even the simplest needs requires a lot of effort and hard work. 

Ranin is the only provider for her 11-year-old daughter Joelle; after she split up with her husband, she took her daughter and moved to her parents' house where she found support, she has always done her best to guarantee her little daughter a dignified life.

Ranin is an employee in...


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Aluminum Workshop


Zaher is a skilled craftsman who managed to make his own way and become well-known in the field of aluminum crafting through hard work and dedication.

At a young age, he worked in an aluminum workshop and loved this profession, then after his military service, Zaher had the aspiration and drive to establish his own workshop as he gained the needed experience but unfortunately, he couldn't afford to buy the needed machinery, so in 2015, he worked as an employee in...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Elian is a floor tiler who used to work with his father from a young age during the summer holidays, and when he finished school he continued until he went to serve in the army back in 2010. 

His service lasted for 9 years and many things have changed throughout this long period; unfortunately, his father passed away in 2017 and Elian became his mother's only provider; he worked whenever he had the chance while he was serving just to cover...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Samir is a loving father who gave his all to support his wife and daughters. 
He works as a farmer in his home village "Barsheen" after retiring in 2017, he lives with his wife Hosn and their daughters; Nardine (29 years old) who has special needs, and their twins Christine and Lilian (27 years old) in addition to Lujain (21 years old), and he goes to the village each week in order to take care of his land there. 

During the war...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Elie became his mother's only family upon his father's death, they moved to settle down in Fairouza village and decided to start over from scratch after losing everything in Homs city.

He has been working as a floor tiler for more than 20 years now, with great experience in the field, and he used to have all the required equipment but unfortunately, his main tools were stolen from a construction site in Homs and since that day, he worked with his uncle using borrowed tools.

Elie needs the new equipment to achieve his independence at work, which will reflect positively on his income and allow him to make his way towards a better life and start his own family with a hopeful heart. 

Floor Tiling Equipment


Firas is a young man from Homs who chose his career path in floor tiling at an early age and started working with many craftsmen until he acquired the needed skills.

When his father became no longer able to continue in his tiring work, Firas took the responsibility of supporting his family using his old, wearied tools because he couldn't afford to buy new equipment.

Today, he still lives with his parents and the enthusiastic young man is doing his best to...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Hussam is one of the craftsmen who were heavily affected by the harsh war circumstances of the country, he is a floor tiler from Homs and the only provider for his wife and 2 children.

The skilled man started his career in Homs and things went so well until the war began; his work was shut down so he traveled to Lebanon in an attempt to improve his situation.

Unfortunately, he only stayed there for three years due to the economic crisis...


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Barbershop


Elias went through many hardships during the cruel war. The newly married man from Rablah village was displaced with his parents from their home village to the city of Homs, where he lives now with his wife.

He learned hairdressing back in 2007, and after moving to Homs city he rented a salon and started his own project. While the economic circumstances were getting harder, he tried to improve his situation by traveling to Lebanon but unfortunately, he wasn't so lucky,...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


Zuhair and his wife Ramia took their three children and escaped the dangers of war when their home village Al-Dwair was attacked by armed groups and the family lost everything.

They rented an apartment in Fairouza village, where they chose to settle down and tried to start a new life all over again. Zuhair's career in the field of floor grinding and polishing started back in 1980, his special skills helped him work in many different cities around Syria.

His business relies...


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Mini-market


As long as you keep smiling in the face of your difficulties, life will reward your great hope. 

Simon Tannous is 44 years old, he is married and has two adorable girls, Hala born in 2008, and Lana born in 2013.

Simon and his family live in a small rented flat in Kashkoul and he also works in his mini-market in the same area.

He was an employee as a driver at the construction administration in Damascus since 1996, but his low income...


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Carpentry Workshop


Sometimes the only thing that can keep you fighting, is believing that one day everything is going to be better.

Najeh Ajaiby, 52, has never stopped believing that good things are coming on his way.

he is originally from Egypt and came to Syria in 1997 looking for better work opportunities, so he started to work in his profession as a carpenter in different workshops. Soon after he got married to Samar AL-Abdoun and had three children Ruba, Fadi, and Mina.

Najeh worked...


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Taxi


After more than 20 years of a stable career and secure living conditions, Anwar Hanna, the 63-year-old man was a victim of displacement and losses.

Anwar was living with his family in Erbin area, in the countryside of Damascus, he was working as a blacksmith at his private carpentry workshop and their life was full of peace and security which all was ruined after 2011 as the terrorist groups broke into the area and spread their violence and horror at over....


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Detergents and Plastics Store


Wadie Abou Assaleh, a 60-year-old man, is married to Claire and they have two sons George who since his born in 1994 suffers from a mental disability, and Elias born in 1991. 

From 1985 to 2011 Wadie worked as a goldsmith along with his brother at their workshop but after the outbreak of the war, their profession was affected badly. Hence, his brother traveled abroad and Wadie was forced to close the workshop and work as a private driver for an...


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Mini Market


George is a married man and the father of three daughters Dina, Rita, and Rima.

George suffers from speech disorder but that didn’t prevent him from working or having a normal lifestyle as for the last 30 years, he has been working at the Ministry of Health as a physical therapist.

He handled his tough work schedule for many years to ensure a dignified life for his family, because all he cared about was raising his daughters to become successful individuals in...


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Taxi


We are all aware of the violent acts of war during the last decade which affected the lives of many innocent people.

Edwar was one of those people who was exposed to a kidnapping incident that turned his life upside down.

Edwar Darwish was born in 1972, married and has a son ‘Gassan” born in 2014. He lives with his family in Kashkoul, a Damascus suburb and for more than 10 years, he worked as a bus driver on Damascus-Aleppo international road.

His...


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Pick-up Truck


The cruel war forced many people to live far away from their families and children, seeking better income to afford decent living conditions.

Dekran Kendmian worked in maintenance and his salary was good enough to meet his daily expenses, but with the beginning of the war, his profession was affected badly and he became unable to afford the basic needs.

Dekran couldn’t stand watching his children deprived of having a good life or proper education, so he decided to travel to Lebanon...


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Taxi


Abdo had a peaceful and stable life with his family living in Sednaya town, Damascus countryside.

During the first years of the war, the situation began to worsen gradually, until it became very dangerous to stay in the area, as his house was severely damaged by the shelling which forced the family to leave their home without being able to take any belongings.

Abdo and his family moved to Damascus where his friend helped him rent a small apartment in one of...


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Mini Market


There will always be difficult challenges to face every day, but with great faith, one will be strong enough to defeat those challenges as Jamil Bshara did his entire life.

Jamil is 49, married to Silva Hamwi and together they have amazing three children; Eleanor and Alber born in 2003, and Enji born in 2005. Jamil and his family live in a small rented flat in Jaramana where he works in packaging at the Syrian Trade Corporation.

Before the crisis, Jamil used...


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Shoemaking Workshop


For more than 27 years of experience as a shoemaker, Elias Alhelo has devoted all his life to the sake of his family and his three daughters Maha, Ayda, and Hanin.

They lived in Aldekhanyeh area in peace where Elias had his workshop and the profit was sufficient to secure a decent life for them.

Unfortunately, after the beginning of the crisis, things started to worsen gradually until the year 2014, when armed groups entered Aldekhanieh and started to shoot at the houses...


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Coffee and Nuts Shop


"Being responsible for a lovely family with two little girls under current circumstances in Syria is something very difficult, it breaks your heart not to be able to secure the simplest needs of life and see your daughters growing in deprivation."

All that George was seeking for, is to secure a decent living for his family. Unfortunately, within the economic crisis in the country, no matter how hard he worked he couldn’t afford even the daily food.

In the previous years of...


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Sewing Workshop


“Either you challenge life or let it defeat you”

The words of a woman who was hit by life’s hardships many times and came out stronger and wiser.

Clemance Akhras is 46, a widowed mother of two, Mouna 23, and Naser 22. She used to live happily with her family in Aleppo, working as a seamstress to help her husband with the living expenses.

With the start of war in 2011, her husband passed away from a heart attack, leaving Clemance heartbroken and...


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