Micro-Projects is a livelihood-support program which helps family providers who had either lost their livelihood during the war, or aspire to be a productive and financially independent part of the community by starting their own income generating business. By financing their micro-projects, Christian Hope Center is helping Christian families to have a sustainable source of income, through the provision of equipment, machinery and tools. This will eventually mitigate the economic harm caused by increasing poverty and insecurity, preserve their dignity, and alleviate the calamities of war and the economic crisis, which will ultimately preserve the existence of an active Christian community in Syria. In addition to the Micro-Projects supported in Cities of Aleppo, Homs and Damascus, the program also supports families who rely on agriculture as their principal source of income in rural Homs.


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Damascus

Homemade Sweets


Nihad Ghazal is a 65-year-old with a passion for baking and making pastry since her childhood; she used to make all different types of pastries and give them to her friends at school to try.

As she grew older her love for pastry grew bigger, she used to help her mother with cooking and doing kitchen chores, that’s how she learned her mother’s baking recipes, her secrets and tricks for a perfect bake.

The Ghazal sisters suffered from the war, but unlike...


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Beauty Center


Alina is a young woman who lives with her parents; her father works as a car mechanic in a rental shop. Alina’s family traveled to Armenia from 2015 to 2017. Her brother stayed there. After her return, she completed her studies and obtained a baccalaureate degree. In 2021, she took courses related to the field of cosmetics. it all started as a hobby then she started working in a beauty center where she practiced and gained experience.

Aina wants to be the boss of her own project, but she was hesitant to open a salon because of her financial situation and the coordination between her job at the beauty center and her own business.

Thanks to Hope Center Alina became hopeful again, it helped her gain independence for owning a business and now she is ready to thrive.

Dental Clinic


Carla Ishak is an ambitious dentist who recently graduated from Aleppo university, being a dentist was her long-lasting dream. When she was a little girl, she used to go to her father’s clinic to watch him at his job while pretending to be his assistant.

Going through the war in Syria was harsh for Carla and her family, as they had to evacuate their home due to several bombings. The prolonged fights and the damage it caused forced the family to...


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Charcoal Workshop


After a devastating ten years of war and an awful earthquake, Fares Jesri found himself and his pregnant wife lost in a chaotic situation full of challenges. 

Fares used to earn his living working as a waiter in a café in Aleppo when out of nowhere the devastating earthquake that caused massive destruction and disrupted the livelihoods of many has cost Fares his source of income.

His strong will to provide for his family that was about to grow with the baby...


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Tailoring Workshop


In 1989, out of many professions “young Bedros” decided to follow his passion for making suits and designing men's clothing.

Life was peaceful and prosperous for Bedros and his family, his business was growing and he was making a good name for himself, especially when he moved from Idleb to Aleppo to work with larger tailoring workshops that were located in the city. 

When the war started Bedros lost everything in his hometown; his house, his small shop and all that he...


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Taxi


Zohair, like many others, experienced the devastating effects of the war; as a father of four children, he and his family were forced to flee their home in the Jabal-Sayde village in Tartous and seek refuge in Aleppo. Despite the hardships they faced, Zohair never lost hope and did everything in his power to provide for his family, especially his two children with special needs.

Zohair worked multiple jobs until his retirement. However, the amount he received as pension was simply...


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Taxi


During the onset of the Syrian war, for the sake of his family and children, Shadi moved to Lebanon but when the siege on Aleppo was over, Shadi and his family decided to return to Syria. However, sadly, at the border, he was taken for military reserve duty. Shadi was devastated and struggled with the thought of being a present father for his children while also serving in the military.

Thankfully, when his military service ended, Shadi chose to focus on...


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Taxi


Naim is a hardworking individual who is deeply dedicated to serving his church. He lives with his wife Sonia. In their quest to provide for their daily needs and livelihood they face various challenges. As Naim grows older, concerns about losing his job as a private driver begin to weigh heavily on his mind. Naim genuinely loves his job, but before becoming a driver, he used to work as a car upholsterer. Unfortunately, a fire incident resulted in an injury...


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Pickup Truck


The 28-year-old Tony, known for his strong work ethic, has always been doing hardcore job. In 2014, Tony was called for military service, which lasted eight years. 

Upon returning home, Tony found limited opportunities, all of which offered very low income, making the transition to normal life difficult. After eight years in the military, Tony found himself without a clear profession to pursue or a specific goal to follow. He took on various jobs, working in mechanic shops and supermarkets, but struggled...


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Taxi


Christo spent 7 years of his adolescence serving in the military during the ceaseless Syrian war, an experience that left him with an injured foot and unclear aim for his life. Earlier this year, the newlywed couple was finally able to tie the knot. However, Christo's happiness was overshadowed by financial issues. 

Coming from a big family, he felt marginalized working for his father’s grocery shop, earning a minimal income. With a new family to support, Christo wanted to be independent,...


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Dental Clinic


Thomas Koussa, a young dentist who recently graduated, embarked on his dental journey after years of dedication and hard work. Each year at the university presented Thomas with new challenges. The cost of tuition was more than Thomas could bear, so he took on various part-time jobs, including working at a mini market, to finance his education. 

The Koussa family had faced numerous hardships during the Syrian civil war. Thomas's father lost his job, and their home was damaged by shelling....


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Taxi


Rimon found himself trapped in a low-paid job for 10 years, working at a gas station where he earns a mere $20 a month. This meager income makes it incredibly challenging for him and his wife to provide for their family. His wife, on the other hand, works as a teacher at a school, but her salary is not enough to cover their expenses. To make ends meet, they have to rely on financial aid from the church.  

During the...


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Taxi


Sleiman Alzeidan is 36 and lives alone in a rented room in Jaramana, his parents were divorced when he was a child and he lived for a long period of his life as a lonely boy with no support.

Sleiman learned how to work and depend on himself to handle his living expenses so he started working at a goldsmith workshop at a young age. However, during wartime, this career became unprofitable like before so he worked as a private driver...


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Mobile Maintenance Workshop


Based on some simple tools, Johnny Gibran was able to work for many years in the field of mobile phones' maintenance, a skill he gained after working as a maintenance worker in his beginnings. During that period, he was able to learn the profession and take on the full work in return for a monthly salary through which he could cover the costs of daily life and take care of the household expenses, especially since his parents were old and...


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Barbershop


Michel has always been a hardworking young man who strives to be self-reliant and works hard to support his family, which consists of loving parents, a brother, and a sister.

He is 27 and lives with his family in an old house in the Al-Dwalaa neighborhood, in Damascus. 

Michel began his working life at an early age as he used to work after school in a barbershop until he learned the profession well.

Once he was in his twenties, he decided to become...


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Taxi


Being the head of a family and the father of three kids and finding yourself unable to feed them or provide a decent living is a very hard feeling and may sometimes lead to despair, as in the case of Louay Thabet, 29, married and has Sarkis, Michel, and Fadi.

Louay was working as a pick-up driver in the town of Maaloula where he was living with his family, but after the start of the war, Maaloula was exposed to many...


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Hairdressing Salon


Somer has always been passionate about the hairdressing profession, and ever since he finished his baccalaureate, he began to work for experienced hairdressers in order to learn the profession so that he could have his own salon in the future and become self-dependent without relying on anyone, especially since his father used to work as a tiler and due to his health condition, was no longer able to carry out strenuous work so the greatest burden of providing the household...


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Nails Care center


Lilian Abou Nemer has always been a self-dependent woman who didn’t accept desperation in her life as she insisted on working hard in order to support herself and her kids without needing anyone’s help. 

She used to live with her husband and kids in Heineh village but unfortunately, she wasn’t in a good relationship with her husband so she started to work as a school teacher and support herself then she learned the nail care profession and when she became unable...


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Kindergarten


Raising children and taking care of them has always been Ruba’s passion and to fulfill this passion she studied at the faculty of education and then enrolled in several educational courses to help her specialize more in this field and started working as a teacher in Yabrud area in the countryside of Damascus. However, after the start of the war in Syria, the area of Yabrud became under threat, forcing Ruba and her family to move to the city of...


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Taxi


Ayham Almhanna is from Daraa governorate in south Syria, he used to live there with his parents and siblings and was raised to be a self-dependent and hardworking man who started supporting himself and his family from a young age.

Like many of his age, Ayham had to serve in the military service for more than nine years during the Syrian crisis where he had to encounter several dangers in Aleppo and Damascus in addition to experiencing great fear when his...


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Mini-Van


Success isn’t always about greatness, most of the time, it is about strong will and hard work.

Like the case of Fares Al-Sbeih who is 29, single, and lives with his family at his uncle’s house in Damascus.

Fares was one of many who became adults during a critical time in Syria, a time of war, destruction, and fear but he didn’t accept to let despair sneak into his heart.

On the contrary, he started working at a young age to handle his...


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Taxi


For most of his life, Simon had to count on himself to encounter the great responsibilities he was holding as his parents’ health was unwell and he was the breadwinner of the house and the supporter for his four sisters.

As a result, he traveled to Libya at a young age and worked as a goldsmith for about four years, then he had to return to Syria because his father had to undergo Heart surgery and he had to look after...


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Pick-up Car


"I feel like I am living as an extra number in this cruel world", it was with great sadness and despair that Hassan said these words.

He is a 31-year-old single man who lives with his mother and brother in an old house in Jaramana. Hassan worked any available job to afford the daily food for his family as his father had passed away leaving him to be responsible for his mother and younger brother.

During the first years of the war,...


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Makeup Kit


Caroline Akkawi is a self-made girl who chose to rely on herself rather than being dependent on others. She is 27 and lives with her parents and her brother Antoun at their grandfather’s house in the Al-Dwalaa neighborhood while her second brother, Basil, is still at the military service in Qatana area, Damascus countryside.

Since her childhood, the financial situation of her family was critical, but she never complained and always thanked God for the blessings in her life, especially since...


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