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

277

Homs

65

Damascus

Ironsmithing Workshop


George had an ironsmithing workshop in Ramoseh area that he had to sell when things started to get dangerous there, one time he went to the shop and found his equipment gone, then he got employed in a paper factory; shortly afterwards the factory got ruined and he was unemployed and without any income for his family of a wife and three children who are still in school. “Now I work for the churches when they need any maintenance works, I have monthly payments on my house for the bank, I wish with the help of this initiative to rent a workshop and work as a blacksmith again especially that my old customers still know me and they are encouraging me to reopen.”

Men's Clothing Store


Jimmy lives with his parents, he works in distributing (hummus) for the shops, he has a brother who left Aleppo 4 years ago to find work and he is currently in Tartous working in cloth distribution; the rents there are cheaper but there is no population density. “before the war we had a printer in Bustan Al-Basha but the whole building was ruined during the war, we spent all our life savings on establishing this printer and it’s all gone.” The mother...


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Taxi


Jean is married and has 2 boys, “During the war we were displaced to Lebanon and we stayed there for 3 months, then we decided to come back to Aleppo, one day my wife went to pick up some grocery and a mortar shell fell next to her; the splinters pierced her body everywhere and she had a long recovery process, the nerves in her left hand are still damaged and her hip was also injured.” Jean is telling his story with...


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Goldsmithing Kit


Fadi and his two brothers had a goldsmithing workshop before the crisis. When the war began they sold their equipment to provide for their livelihood costs. “We also did not know if we’re going to stay here or what was going to happen”. Fadi then started working in another goldsmithing workshop, and his wife worked as a makeup artist between houses, “she didn’t get that much work”. The Orthodox Social Service helps them with a monthly aid. One of his brothers is also married and the other is recruited in the military since 7 and a half years. “Our situation was very good before the war, we were comfortable”. Fadi applied at Hope Center to buy equipment for his workshop and to start his old business again.

Electrical Equipment


Rizk-allah is newly married, living in a rented house and he is currently working as an employee in an electrical equipment shop. Before the war Rizk-allah had his own equipment which he worked with between houses, but during the war a missile fell on Slemanyeh area and affected him badly he was laying on the ground unable to move then he passed out. Later he was taken to a hospital; his leg was injured, and his equipment was stolen. His wife recently started working in a sewing workshop. “after the incident I could not work, so my wife started looking for a job but the income is very little and we are trying to start a family soon therefore I want to go back to my business and my customers but I need some support and this initiative will be the hope of a new beginning”.

Espresso and Refreshments


Anwar is married, he lives in his wife's grandmother’s house because he can’t afford to buy or rent a house on his own, he works in an old plumbing shop and the business is very slow; there’s a lot of plumbing shops in the same neighborhood therefore the income is little especially considering that he is the provider for his mum and brother. “I have a brother living abroad and he sends me some money every few months, but I need to feel self-dependent and this project is the only way so I can stand on my feet again.”

Barber's Shop


The shop is in the Jabrye area, it was shut down for 4 years during war, there was a sniper in this area. The place now needs repairing and maintenance; the equipment is old and outdated and some of it was robbed because the glass frontal shattered so it was easy to break in and steal the stuff. “sometimes I go to open the shop then bombs and missiles fall nearby so I run out of the shop quickly. My wife was injured in her left hand by a mortar shell that fell on our house, I have three daughters all still in school” The wife is trying to find a job and the church is helping with the school payments. This shop can change this family’s life and give hope for a brighter future.

Taxi


Youssef is studying economics at the university, he lives with his mother, sister, brother and his uncle. His father passed away and the sister started working in a tailoring workshop, the brother was serving in the military when he got injured in his leg; the recovery process took more than 3 months. “we were displaced from our house because it was ruined in the war, I lost my father after a mortar shell hit him while he was walking in the street;...


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Taxi


Sobhi is newly married, living in a rented house; which is in a very bad state, he works in a printing shop but the business is slow. Sobhi used to work in his father’s shop in Sheikh-Maksoud, but during the war the equipment got robbed and the shop was ruined. “When I decided to get married the church helped me and I found this job, I spend most of the time at my parents’ house because my house is very small. Before the...


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Glass Painting Tools and Handmade Crafts.


“I love painting and I used to teach it in a school until the war happened, the area which the school was located at became very dangerous so they shut it down and I was unemployed, now I work in the church’s library but I am still passionate about hand crafting and glass painting but I need special tools and colors in order to make things that I can sell and make a good income, especially that I have a health condition ( I live with only one lung) that limits my movement and the effort I make before I feel tired so this job is perfect for me and with the help of this initiative I will be able to make living on my own without risking my health.”

Tailoring Machines


Nojoud lives with her mother and she is currently engaged, the mother used to work in the tailoring business and Nojoud inherited this love for the tailoring from her, she worked in the summer school for Al-Enaye; she also works in tailoring workshops in the summer with her brother who has a big experience in this field. “the whole family works in this business; my brother recently opened his own workshop with some savings but it still needs machines and I want to work with him and make my own income especially that I’m starting a new life.” These machines will be very useful for this family; the married brother and Nojoud with their mother, and will help her providing a livelihood income for 3 homes.

Mini Pick-up Truck


As a father of two, a head of a family and a hardworking breadwinner, Joseph had been through lots of hardships in order to keep his family safe and secure a decent life for them all. 

Losing his carpentry workshop which was located in Alsheikh maksoud didn’t stop him from fighting for a decent life for his family and did not prevent him from selling goods in streets to survive. Neither the falling bombshells could get tgo them and although they...


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Grapevines - Agricultural Project


Syrian women have always been an essential part of the country's economic structure, playing big roles in many different sectors and Duaa is an example of that.

Duaa and her husband Rami are a young couple from Maskanah village, they work together in their land of grapevines, which is their only source to provide for their 5-year-old daughter Elitia and their 1-year-old baby George.

The family owns a tractor in addition to a tanker that they fill with the required agricultural materials...


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Mini-Cultivator-Agricultural Project


Fadi from Maskanah village is a married man and a father of two children. He worked as a wall painter in Lebanon for 23 years and unfortunately, was one of the craftsmen who lost their livelihoods there due to the economic crisis and the rapid spread of Coronavirus. 

In 2019, the hardworking man had no other choice but to return and start over; he tried to find a suitable work opportunity in his profession but being out of the country all...


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Agricultural Vehicle-Agricultural Project


Mohsen is a married man with five children, he used to work in floor grinding and polishing in Lebanon but unfortunately, he lost his work and had to return home due to the hard situation there. The only choice left for him in order to ensure a dignified life for his family was to go back to his original work in farming, which he had depended on for more than 20 years.

Mohsen's land is planted with olive trees, different kinds...


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Photographing Equipment


“The more you work hard, the more opportunities you will get, nothing comes easily” 

Naeem is a photographer who lives with his parents and brother in Al-Hamidia neighborhood. He chose this career when he was 18 and worked for two well-known photographic laboratories where he gained many special skills. 

On the 1st of May 2011, he was called for military service, and his family faced the same fate as many Syrian families who were displaced from their homes. Once their neighborhood was...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Faraj had to leave school and seek a source of livelihood at a very young age in order to help provide for his parents and siblings. After finishing his military service in 1996, he worked as a driver on different vehicles, and throughout his long career he dealt with many companies.

Faraj got married in 2002 and had two sons. In 2011, the family of four escaped their home city Homs, to a village called "Kafroun" where he had to work...


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Taxi


When Bassel's salary as a government employee became hardly enough for the family's essential needs, he had to find an additional source of income to guarantee his wife and two sons a decent living.

He used to rent a taxi since 2004 and drive it around the city seeking his livelihood; he managed to create great relations with many clients and this job ensured him good profits. Unfortunately, the effects of the cruel war started to reflect on all aspects of...


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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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Floor Tiling Equipment


Isber's small family escaped the terrors of war after what they witnessed in their neighborhood Al-Hamidia to a new beginning in Fairouza village away from the shells and bombs.

Isber is the only provider for his wife and their two daughters, he learned the floor tiling profession and polished his skills through working with his father-in-law, who is a well-known craftsman, and then he started to work on his own in 2005.

In 2012, all of his tiling equipment was stolen from...


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Barber Shop


Midhat is a barber from the city of Hama, he started to learn about this profession in his home city back in 1993. A few years later, his family decided to move and settle down in Homs; in the year 2000, he opened his first salon in Al-Hamidia neighborhood and built up a great reputation among the other barbers in the area drawing on his notable skills. 

During the severe war, Midhat and his parents were displaced for 2 years to...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Tarek's future was changed forever when he was called to serve in the army for 10 years of his life. He lives with his wife Nour, who works as an employee, and their 3-year-old daughter Catalia in a rented apartment and he is also the sole provider for his widowed mother. 

After his long service finished, his journey to find a source of livelihood began; having no former experience in any profession was a huge barrier in his way, he thought...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


In 2012, Ali lost all he had and was displaced from his home village Al-Qusayr to start a whole different chapter of his life. He is a married man and a father of a beautiful girl, his wife works as an employee, and the small family lives in a rented apartment.

His first destination was Damascus, where he worked in a printing workshop for a full year, then moved to the city of Homs in hopes to find better opportunities, he...


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Interior Design


Shadi's ambition has no limits and when his work as an employee was no longer enough to cover his family's needs, he decided to follow a new path. In 2007, he studied interior design online and started working as a freelancer by connecting and dealing with engineering firms.

The single man lives with his mother and two sisters in their house in Al-Hamidia neighborhood. In 2012 the family escaped their city when it became very dangerous; they traveled to a village...


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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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Stationery Shop


For 23 years, Nawal worked as a teacher to many generations who learned from this wise woman, she didn’t just teach them the typical curriculum but also planted true values of life in their mind and you can see that from her sons whom, despite the difficult financial and living condition of the country, were supported by their mother to become successful in their education. Hani is now in the third year of Agriculture Engineering, Fady is in the first...


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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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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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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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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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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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Pickup 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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Pickup Truck


Many challenges in life may seem insurmountable and limiting, but humans have always proven that obstacles are made to overcome.

Tariq Al-Nadafa, born in 1988, is married to Rudaina and lives with his parents and brother in a small house in the Kashkoul area - Damascus countryside.

Tariq is one of the young men whose youth was drained by the Syrian war as he served for ten difficult and cruel years. After he was discharged, he found himself without a real profession...


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Pickup 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


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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