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.
Fareed is single, living with his parents and two sisters; one of them is a teacher and the other is a college student, he is currently working in a fast food place.
“During the war I had to leave my studying and get two jobs in order to provide for my family; I worked in spare parts for cars in the morning and in this shop at night, my sister and I are the only working members in our home, my dad used to work in Midan but the area was very dangerous and the shop got ruined, then he worked as a taxi driver but the car was burned by a missile that fell in our neighborhood, now he’s unemployed.”
Fared took the responsibility for his family’s livelihood on his shoulders, but even with two jobs it is not enough, when he heard about this initiative he applied for a Fast Food place so he can start his own project and begin a new chapter in life.
My husband passed away from a disease and I became the sole provider for the family which has put a very heavy responsibility on my shoulders, I have to compensate for his absence.This work will help me providing well for my children and ensure they have a good life.
Joseph mashek is a married man who has two sons one of them is an employee in a barber shop and the second one is a student. His wife is unemployed.
He has some spare parts that he keeps at home and sometimes he sells them for the shops next to his house.
He used to work as an employee in a spare parts shop but he left his job because his salary was low.
He moved from Al Midan to Sulimaniah for a year and a half because of the crisis in Aleppo. Then he moved to his friend’s house and he stayed there for a year. When he returned back to his house it was incredibly damaged because of the missiles that fell in his area. The church helped him fixing it.
They take some aid from his parish” the Maronites”.
This project will give him the chance to provide his family with the necessities of the life. He knows most of the traders and his dream is to be the manager of his own shop.
He hopes that the coming days will be better than what had passed and he wishes that one day his dream will be a reality.
Nadia, Maria, and their mother Georgette are three strong women struggling together to survive in these difficult times that all Syrians are facing.
The 38-years-old Nadia has always depended on her skills in order to work and provide a living, ever since 1997, she utilized her talents in handwork in manufacturing wax molds for jewelry making, then she entered the beauty domain in 2002, a thing that she loved and had always been passionate about. At first, it started as a hobby for her, but after mastering and enjoying it more and more by time, it became her full-time job and an income source for the family, her sister Maria helped her in the same field.
Nadia never had her own salon, considering the hard-financial situation, she either went to her clients houses or she welcomed them in her own house. Although It was exhausting, but the sisters were managing to make it through day by day until the war happened…
In 2016, just days before the withdrawal of the armed groups from eastern Aleppo, a missile hit Nadia’s building, luckily the damages were minimal, but it was a horrible experience for Nadia and her 72-years-old mother who were in the house. Maria her sister still remembers when Nadia called her on that unfortunate day screaming for help.
The economic crisis during the war had its tall on the family. no matter how much effort they make, it is becoming exhausting to keep up with the increasing costs of the basic livelihood needs of everyday life. Maria took morning shifts in a tailoring workshop, they are both exhausted from the continuous moving between houses, and that is the main reason Nadia wants to open a beauty salon.
It is time for the hardworking sisters to finally settle down in their own place, and the stability that they will have in their salon will reflect on their life and increase the income so they can have a decent life with their mother.
My name is George Tahaan, a 51 years old married man. I have 2 daughters; Selena is 5 years old and Jessica is 10 years old, my wife Nesreen Rizk works as a school teacher.
I had a rubber-molds manufacture workshop in Al-Sheikh-Maksoud, which was destroyed in 2011. I tried to find a job but with no success, so I decided to put an espresso machine in Al-Azizyeh street, I couldn’t even afford to rent a small shop.
At first It provided me with a good income, especially that it is a crowded area, but when we had Selena, the responsibility got even bigger and the financial burden was heavier.
I started looking for a second job that I can do in addition to the espresso machine.
I am too old now to work in this business that requires long hours of standing in the street during hot and cold weather, so I want to work on a taxi because it doesn’t need a lot of physical effort, and it is the only profitable job nowadays.
This project will guarantee a stable income for my family.
Nezhat is a married woman who has 3 children one of them is a university student the other is a baccalaureate student and the third one is in the sixth grade, her husband is unemployed and she is unemployed too, so they are living on their life savings.
During the war we lost a food factory in Sheikh Najjar and we sold our car because it was damaged by the missiles.
She wants to open a gift shop to get an income for her family “I need this project to provide a stable income for my family”
With this project Nezhat and her family will be able to have a decent life.