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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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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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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Distributing Foodstuffs


Firas Haddad, 46, lives with his mother in a modest house in Jaramana, Damascus countryside.

as a child, Firas went through very difficult circumstances as he was exposed to a fire accident in his childhood that caused severe burns on his hands and face. He has undergone many surgeries since then and still suffers from deformities, but it didn't prevent him from working or having a normal life.

In 2010, Firas started working as a salesperson using his small car, and even...


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Teaching Class


Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete.

That’s what could be concluded from the life journey of Wassim Nanaa, a 37-year-old man who was struggling for the last decade to survive. Wassim was living along with his mother and two brothers in Al-Dwalaa area, working as a hairstylist with his brother and their work was good enough to secure them a decent life.

Wassim was like any young man of his...


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Photography Equipment


“Some of us matured early because life showed us the worst side of the world”. This is what best describes Melham Ibrahim, who, despite his young age, has the experience of an old soul.

Melham was born in 1998, and by the age of 13 the war was ravishing Syria, like many of his age, he lost the opportunity of enjoying his childhood due to the severe violent acts and destruction, he was also deprived of education because his father’s shop...


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Mini-Market


Walid Al-Bethreh, is married and lives in a small, modest house in Al Tabbaleh neighborhood in Damascus. He worked as a jeweler in a workshop since 1999, he did everything he could to provide his family with the best living, but things changed after the outbreak of war, as the Goldsmithing work began to gradually diminish until it stopped in 2014 due to the lack of demand and the workshop was closed.

Walid didn't hesitate to start in a different profession...


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Pick-up Truck


"I always trust God’s will in my life and reconcile with all my struggles, the one who believes…. will always survive” With those words, Emil began telling us his tragic story.

Emil Philips is 51 years old, married with two kids Thomas and Maroska. Emil and his family are Egyptians living in Syria; he originally came to Syria from his home country Egypt in 2010 to find better career opportunities. He got employed as a food officer at Albal Hotel in...


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Taxi


Wissam Wakim is married to Rasha Mousa, together they have a cute little kid called Marcus.

Wissam has worked as a goldsmith since 1996, but after the beginning of the war in Syria this profession became unprofitable so he traveled to Lebanon in 2011 and started to work as a private driver for a Lebanese family. 

Unfortunately, after about four years, the family traveled abroad and Wissam became jobless, so he returned to Syria where he got employed as a driver between...


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Pick-up Truck


Fady Yazjy, 47 years, is married and has two kids; George born in 2006, and Mary-belle born in 2011.

Fady and his family used to live in Alkabbas area in Damascus, but during the crisis, the area was surrounded by armed groups and hit daily by dozens of mortar shells which caused huge damage to the family's house, so they had to flee to another area without being able to take any of their belongings or furniture out of the house. 

Unfortunately,...


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Mini-Market


"The hardest moment in life is when your daughters ask for a simple thing, but you are unable to afford it." with these painful words, Salimeh told her story.

Salimeh Al-Mailaa, 35 years old, got married at a young age escaping her difficult childhood to face a harder reality of being responsible for a house and two little daughters. However, she accepted the situation and started working to help her husband in securing the living expenses. Despite her weak body structure,...


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Accessories Shop


George Al-Naqiri had a good job and a decent life, provided his children with all their requirements, but the wheel of life turned on him and he lost his house and factory of detergents manufacture, thus, his financial situation deteriorated rapidly. 

However, these losses did not weaken his determination, so he gathered his savings, borrowed some money from his relatives, and rented a small shop for accessories.

Unfortunately, the situation became dangerous with the outbreak of war in 2011, which reflected negatively...


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Blacksmithing Workshop


The life journey of each person is unique in itself, unlike any other, it is impossible to imagine how some people can wake up every day and go on with their normal lives, go to work and laugh while they have great sorrow within their souls.

Since his childhood, Alaa took the responsibility of looking after his parents; he had to quit his study and learn the blacksmithing profession. In 1994, Alaa and his brother started working in a blacksmithing workshop,...


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Coffee and Nuts Shop


Samir Shalash used to have a private restaurant in the Al-Tal area in the countryside of Damascus, and his work took all of his time; it was a profitable business, as it was very popular in the area, and people came from many regions.

He never imagined he would lose everything so suddenly; after the outbreak of the war in Syria in 2011,  Al-Tal area turned into a center of battles and violence, which led to massive destruction of buildings, and...


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