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

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Fadi Alsaado is a former employee in the local postal corporation, he is happily married to Rima who works in Aleppo University, the couple have a 21-years-old daughter Eva; an English Literature college student.

This family’s life took a shocking turn when in 2013 Fadi was kidnapped while working, it was a terrible experience to be ambushed the way he was while running a work task; he was on his way leaving his office to the destination mentioned, when he found...


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Sewing Workshop


For 18 years, George Abd Almassih worked in the clothes sale business, the long years of experience made the 55-years-old man familiar with all aspects of the clothes manufacturing and distribution field. The recent years of war had its daunting impact on the industry but George had always been determined to defy the hardships and stay in the domain that he loves and chose to be in for approximately 2 decades. However, the economic restrictions were not the sole effect...


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Naeem Ahmar is 43 years old, together with wife Rima, the couple were blessed with their son George (7 years old). 

Naeem is a paperwork facilitator, he has been working in this domain since 2000, he first started with an office specialized in this field, but when the war started in 2011-2012, the office was closed down and Naeem worked independently since then. However, in this field of work a practicing license is required and Naeem didn’t have one, which made...


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Hardware Shop


Losing one’s job can be devastating, especially for a man who loves what he has been doing for more than 32 years.

Antoine went through this challenging experience when his shop and warehouse in Bustan Al-Basha were damaged during the war. It was a shock at first, Antoine never thought that he won’t be able to go to his own shop but the situation in the area was not allowing any civilians to reach Bustan Al-Basha, and shortly after the war...


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Laser Machine


Vahan Nazarian chose an interesting career; designing and selling handmade art crafts like rosaries, small souvenirs and statues. The 56-years-old Vahan started his business back in 1998, and since then he has manufactured thousands of pieces, and even had several employers helping him. 

The Syrian war had its heavy toll on everyone, after the armed conflict reached the city of Aleppo, Vahan’s losses began to accumulate, he and his wife Nada and their three children had to flee from their home...


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Gharabed Nazarian and his family live in their house in Al-Midan neighborhood, he is a father of two boys; Antranik (22 years old) and Raffi (17 years old). Although Al-Midan became very dangerous to live in (the house windows and Aluminum framing all fell and got damaged several times due to the falling missiles), but the family never left their home.

Since hardships never come single, around the same time of the constant shells’ attacks threatening their lives on daily basis,...


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Aluminum Workshop


Karim Ward is a craftsman that is specialized in customizing Aluminum doors, windows and all kinds of home items. He also is a father of three sons; Michael, Andre and Peter. The war not only brought destruction to their 5th floor house, but also torn apart his family when the twins had to leave their parents and younger brother and go to Lebanon couple of years after the start of the war. The family moved to a relative’s house. 

Karim is...


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Patriotism may be the feeling of love for one’s homeland, but for Nicholas it is a lot more than that, it was the reason to hold on, it was what gave him the resilience to endure the war with all its struggles…“My heart is attached to my country “that’s how Nichola Kashour expresses his love for his country and refused to leave during the war, and this is his story…

The 67-years-old man was about to retire from the cement factory...


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Lathing Machinery


Michael Tanashian is a 32-years-old young man who chose his career long time ago, after the seventh grade Michael started working in his father’s workshop for metal lathing, he quickly mastered this profession and took the leading role in the workshop but the war changed things drastically.

In 2012 his workshop in Al-Arkoub was destroyed by the missiles and robbed completely, then Michael had to work for people to be able to support his family of three, they were barely living,...


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Silver Crafting Workshop


There’s something satisfying and fulfilling about practicing a job you love, far more than the financial aspects of it. It is what makes Ohannes (the former goldsmith) wants to go work as a Silversmith.

Ohannes is 55 years old, he used to work in a Goldsmith workshop since 1980, in his long years of practice he refined his skills and gained a great deal of experience in this work, and although he wasn’t self-employed but he loved what he did. His...


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The constantly increasing costs of living accompanied with the decreasing value of currency caused by the economic crisis, is a real challenge facing the working class and making survival harder than it already is in a country torn by war.

Elias knows a lot about this challenge, he is a newly married and a father of two little children; Charbel who’s 3 and Michaella who’s 2 years old. Since 2010, Elias has worked as a driver, in addition to his job...


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Emad Al-Abdalla is a 48-years-old father of two; Waheeb (9 years old) and Amila, (12 years old). He and his wife Rana are originally from a village in the countryside of Homs city called “Kfarbo”, a long time ago the couple decided to settle down in Aleppo and raise their kids in the city.

Emad who studied Hotels Management has been working in several places around the city, and Rana is an elementary school teacher. They’ve always teamed-up to provide the...


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Plumbing Equipment


Youssef learned plumbing at a young age and started practicing his profession in 2003 when he finished his military service. He worked for a few years in Homs and then had the opportunity to work in Lebanon, where he stayed for 7 years. Working there allowed him to enrich his skills and save some money, so he decided to return back home and start his own family; he got married and lived with his wife at his parent's house and...


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Aluminum Workshop


Losing his one-year-old daughter was the hardest thing Shadi had to go through because of the vicious war. He is a married man and a father of three, two daughters and a son, and he is the family's sole breadwinner.

Shadi works with his brother in their aluminum workshop, which is the source of livelihood for their families in addition to their elderly parents.

The current electricity crisis has affected the productivity of work in the workshop that they opened 22 years...


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Plumbing Equipment


The economic situation imposed a new reality on the country, the huge inflation affected all the activities and caused a severe lack of work opportunities. 

During the last few months, Bassam's work has almost stopped; he worked as a plumber since 1990, he provides for a big family consisting of his wife Laila, his sister-in-law Mirvat who is blind, his daughter Hiba, and his son Samer who got newly married and works with him in plumbing. 

Bassam lost all of his equipment during...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


Ayman is a craftsman from Al-Dwair village, who was displaced with his family of six in 2012 and had to start over from scratch after their house got destroyed in addition to the cow farm, which was the main source of income for the family.

First, they stayed in a house in Al-Arman neighborhood with the help of the church then they moved to a rented apartment in Wadi Al-Sayeh neighborhood, where they settled down. The father of four works in...


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Wall Painting & Spraying Equipment


Shadi worked as a wall painter since 1995, throughout his long career he worked between Syria and Lebanon, which helped him gain a great experience in this profession. 

Being the only supporter for his wife and two children in addition to his parents, when his father was diagnosed with cancer, Shadi's family moved to stay with him to provide the needed care. 

In 2011, the war started in Syria and all of Shadi's tools were stolen, the only option left for him...


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Wall Painting Equipment


George is a single man who lives with his parents and two brothers, he worked as a wall painter since 2005 and he gained great experience in this profession.

Lacking most of the essential equipment was a barrier that prevented him from accepting many offers, lest not being able to finish the needed work on time. 

George continued working with the available tools and he used to rent the needed equipment, especially the electrical generator and air compressor, because buying all the...


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Electrical and Plumbing Installation


Khalil is a craftsman from Homs, his career started in 1984 with great skills in electrical and plumbing installation. 

He is a married man and a father of three sons, his family lived peacefully in a simple neighborhood called Bab Al-Sebaa until the Syrian war came along; the family decided to leave their home for a while in hopes that the situation stabilizes, they stayed for six months in a village near Homs with his parents-in-law.

Khalil's job was in the city,...


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Handmade Accessories


Miro learned about crafts from her husband Fadi, who has been working in this domain since 1990, they continued working together despite all the tough circumstances they've gone through. 

The couple used to make accessories together, then Fadi started selling them in his shop, in addition to distributing their handmade products between Homs and Hama cities. 

When her husband started to suffer from heart problems and went through surgery, Miro became the one responsible for their two children; the family sold their...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Back in 2007, Ziad went with his father to the construction site for the first time and started learning about floor tiling, his father's great skills helped him to enrich his experience and quickly it became his way to provide a living. 

Ziad lives with his parents, his sister, and brother at their home in Al-Hamidia. In 2012, they had to leave their city and flee to Fairouzah village where they spent the next seven years until they were able to...


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Wall Painting Equipment


With more than 25 years of experience, Osama worked in wall painting between Homs and its villages; the skilled painter has been always known for the quality of his work, and his great reputation wherever he goes.  

Back to the pre-war period, the small family had to leave their house in Homs to escape the dangers of war; they moved to Fairouza village where they stayed for 7 years before they were finally able to return home. 

Four years ago, Osama...


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Sewing Workshop


Mounira is a seamstress and a fashion designer from Homs, her career started in 2011 when she decided to make her first step in turning her passion into a business. 

Mounira, a married woman with three children; a son and two daughters, this resilient mother had enough courage to launch her own project and support her family, when her husband, the only provider of their home, lost his job in a phosphate mine. 

With some simple machines at home, Mounira designed and...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


The brutal war denied Subaih of living his childhood like all other children of his age. In August 2011, when he was just 15-year-old, Subaih witnessed his father's kidnapping, he was taken away with his mini pick-up truck and since that day, no one heard from him and Subaih became the only provider for his mother and younger sister Hana (18 years old).

He started to work and study at the same time for three years; he used to finish school...


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Plumbing Workshop


Often, we are born to encounter many life obstacles, but the defining point is either giving up or challenging and accepting these obstacles and continuing our lives while we are full of hope and optimism, which was the choice of thirty-two-year-old Johnny Mardini.

Johnny was born into a humble family consisting of a hardworking father who worked day and night for the sake of his family and a loving mother who did everything she could to give love and care, especially...


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Nuts Shop


losing her husband at the age of 26, and being responsible for a newborn baby at the same time is tough for any woman to handle, but Nancy Alshoufi decided to direct her love and care to her baby who will grow up without his father's support.

Her in-laws were also in great shock as they lost their son at a very young age, Nancy decided to keep living with them trying her best to look after them after their huge...


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Behind the great amount of sadness and calamities that Fahed has been through in his life, there is a loving, confident heart and a solid will to improve himself and save his family from their tragic situation.

Fahed Farah, 34, is a caring husband and father of two sons; Farah, born in 2017, and Charbel born in 2019. He lives along with his family in a dilapidated flat in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood.

At the beginning of his twenties, Fahed was called to the...


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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


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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Mini Market


Salwan Alnasr is 43 years old, married to Rita with a 13-year-old son called Jack.

Salwan and his family live in a modest rented flat in Al-Dwalaa, He used to work as a tile setter for more than 13 years. Despite the fact that his work was very hard and affected his health on the long term, he kept working to afford the best life for his family because during the crisis years, no matter how hard he worked, his income...


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Hairdressing Salon


In 2010, Tony left his village and headed to the city of Damascus with hope and determination to make a change in the life of his family. He settled in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood and started to work in any available job and send most of his wages to his mother and brother who suffers from sight disability. 

Unfortunately in the first years of the war the security situation in Damascus deteriorated badly, and soon after, he was asked to serve in Hama.

Tony...


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Foodstuff Kiosk


Whenever you go to Al-Dwalaa neighborhood, you see Mousa Barhoum smiling, full of determination, standing beside a small kiosk next to the sidewalk from early morning hours until late evening, selling goods, on one leg after losing the other due to a health problem.

Mousa was working as a maintenance and procurement worker in Al-Mashrabiya restaurant in Bab Touma, his income was good enough to meet his family's expenses and his daughters’ education. But In 2015, Mousa suffered from vascular ischemia...


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