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

Electrical equipment


The war changed many people's lives and affected their work greatly. Some lost their jobs, their shops, or were forced to change their careers just to be able to survive through the difficult economic conditions.

Droubi Al-Awad is the father of three lovely children and the only provider for his family. He is an electrical technician who specializes in home electricity. He made many clients due to the good reputation he has in his career that he started back in 2011....


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Car Inspection Device


Growing up in a household where business and family were one, Hagop and his two brothers Yervant and Toros learned a lot from their dad. The three men started working from a very young age with their father in his car mechanic workshop, and grew to choose their own paths later when they gained enough experience. Before the war, business was thriving and the three brothers were working independently; each one of them had his own workshop. But the destruction...


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Taxi


A physical disability may cause people with special needs to feel hopeless sometimes. 

Krikor Jaco got injured during his old job as a chandelier fixer, which caused arterial damage in his hand. He is the only provider for his three children, and due to the family's expensive livelihood, he couldn't even afford the rent cost, so they had to live at his mother's house.

Now Krikor works as a concierge for the Armenian association, between 4:00 pm and 8:00 am. He stays...


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Coffee Shop


It’s really hard for a person to start his life with a disability. That’s what happened to Johnny, who was born with a blind eye, so he had to get used to living with one eye.

2013 was really rough for this family; they lost Johnnys’ father, the family backbone when he was looking for a job, an armed group kidnapped him. The family looked for him in every possible place with no result, until they got the bad news and...


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Mobile's Maintenance


During the war, a lot of people got stuck in the same situation, while Fadi kept trying to improve himself.

He started working in the mobile maintenance and programming domain in 2001 in Aleppo city for about seven years. After that, he traveled to UAE and worked for a mobile company. 

After three years, he went back to Syria, but the crisis forced him to sell his house and travel to Lebanon searching for safety. He lived there for 4 years and...


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Design and Prints


Self-improvement includes nourishing other people's skills and personalities. That's how things go with teachers such as Wahid Haddad. 

Wahid, who is 28 years old, left his education early and followed his passion for playing guitar, where he grew up to master this skill, now he has become a guitar teacher in four institutes, and also giving private lessons.

In addition to teaching, Wahid used to help his father at their furnishing gallery for more than ten years, but unfortunately, after the death of his dad, he...


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Car Mechanics


Kegham chose his career path in car mechanics back in 1986, when he was still a young man. In his rocky start he worked in several workshops and built a good reputation and experience in the domain. His ambition was to eventually become self employed and have his own workshop. By the time Kegham became so close to achieving his dream, the war had started and destroyed his plans.

In 2013, when Kegham lost his hope in working in his domain,...


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Truck Suspension Maintenance


Majed’s workshop was located in Al Ramouse area where all the heavy machinery and vehicles workshops were found, and just like the people who owned workshops there, Majed lost everything suddenly. With the start of war Majed wasn’t able to go to his workshop anymore, and it was very challenging to lose his livelihood source of income with two children (Mariella and Antonio) to take care of. 

The 40-years-old man spared no means to bring bread to the table. Between 2012...


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Sewing Machines


Talin’s first experience in sewing started back in 2009, working in the workshop of a local clothing brand. What Talin learnt in that year accumulated the tailoring skills she already had, and the mother of two was content with her stable life and work.

No one knew that war would fall upon the country and flip the life of people upside down. In 2012, Talin and her family were displaced from their lovely home because of the dangerous neighborhood. Just shortly...


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Car Radiators Maintenance


Sami Khalil is a young man living in a small rented house with his parents; the father is blind and the mother has a back condition, thus, he is considered the only provider and supporter for this family. 

Sami was one of the Syrian people who suffered a lot during the war. He lost his workshop in Al-Rakka when the armed groups robbed it after he worked there for about 20 years in repairing car radiators. Furthermore, their house was heavily...


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Sewing Workshop


Ebrahim gained experience by working in the sewing domain since 1996, at his brothers rented workshop for more than 20 years, but unfortunately, when Ebrahim's parents' house was destroyed, and his father passed away, the workshop closed in 2015, and the whole family moved to Latakia, where his brother established a sewing workshop with a partner, and Ebrahim worked for them as a supervisor.

But the livelihood became very expensive in Latakia, and Ebrahim was the only provider for the family, he came back...


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Car Mechanics Workshop


We all go through tough conditions, and despite how powerful or confident we show, these times leave their affect on our lives, but the hardest outcome is losing hope.

War has forced many people to leave their work and jobless, Such as Aref Shakian, the father of two boys, George and Michel. This father made a big sacrifice by selling his house to give his boys an opportunity to travel abroad, but the hard circumstances kept them from traveling, his older...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Elias’s family refused to leave their only house in Bab Al-Sebaa neighborhood which was exposed to the scourge of war, and they lived with fear and horror every day until the situation has stabilized. Elias works as a floor tiler since 1980, he is the sole responsible for his wife, his daughter and son. 

After all these years of hard work and experience, he didn’t expect that one day he would have to start from scratch. When the war started in...


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Taxi


Hussam paid the heavy price of the vicious war, and like many Syrians, he has a long story to tell!

On the 4th of August 2015, Hussam was heading to his work as usual when he was attacked and kidnapped by  armed men, he remained in captivity for three months until he was freed by an agreement. 

After this incident, he decided to leave Homs with his family; they fled to their home village “Al-Qaryten”, where they stayed for a short period...


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Mobile Phone Maintenance Shop


Anas worked in the field of mobile phone maintenance for three years before the war started in Syria. In 2010, he was called to serve in the army and his service lasted for ten full years.

Adapting to all the changes that happened during those years wasn’t easy at all; Anas found himself without a job and even his previous experience didn’t allow him to start a business as all the technologies he used to deal with were outdated and not...


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Plumbing and Central Heating System Installation


Jamil and his family experienced the horror and brutality of war when they were forced to leave their home village Al-Dwair by force in 2013. And since then, he lives in a rented apartment with his wife and their son in addition to his mother and sister after losing a whole life.

Jamil worked in plumbing besides his wide experience in installing central heating systems, his career started in Syria back in 1994 then he traveled to Lebanon where he worked...


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Mobile Phone and Computer Maintenance Shop


Even though he spent 8 years of his life serving in the army, Bahaa did his best to compensate for all he lost because of the brutal war. He lives with his wife and their two-year-old son in a rented apartment and he is the only provider for his small family. 

His start in the field of mobile phone and computer maintenance was in 2007; he has always loved his job and managed to have great skills within a short period....


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Wall Painting Equipment


Imad is a wall-painter; he started working in this field back in 1984 and has a long experience, gained by working in different countries throughout his long career. He lives with his wife Sahar and their only son Nayef who is a maintenance technician. 

Lately, the equipment he used to work with became completely worn out through the years and he couldn’t renew them due to their high prices. Naturally, his productivity started to decrease and he was forced to rent...


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Mini-Market


At the age of seventeen, Fouad who is the only son of his parents had to leave school when his father, the sole breadwinner, became severely ill and was no longer able to continue working. This small family was living in a rented apartment in Al-Hamidia until the cruel war forced them to flee to a village near Homs called Fairouza. At the beginning of 2012, Fouad found a job in a relief program at a church in Homs; he...


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Lighting Equipment for events


At the age of 20, Tarek started his career in the field of pro-lighting for events and despite his young age, his name became well known in the city of Homs for his special skills within a very short period. 

Buying all the lighting requirements was almost impossible during the post-war period and he used to rent all the needed equipment until the renting costs became very high and he had no other choice but to travel to Lebanon in a...


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Plumbing and Electrical Supplies Shop


Mazen lives with his wife Christine and their three-year-old son Marwan, he works in his “plumbing and electrical supplies shop”, which he opened back in 2013, and he is the sole breadwinner for his family. 

His shop is located in a popular neighborhood, and what helped him to attract many clients, is that he is a helpful person who has always tried to offer some simple maintenance services in the shop besides selling these requirements.

Unfortunately, Mazen’s successful business was affected negatively...


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Dental Clinic


Toni is a dentist; he lives with his father who is a retired government employee, his mother who is a teacher and his two sisters. Being the eldest son in his family, he has always depended on himself and has always tried to stand by his parents.

In 2018, he graduated from the University of Homs; as it is known in Syria, each newly graduated dentist must serve for two years in a rural area by opening a clinic there. Toni...


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Packaging Materials Shop


Firas is the sole provider for his wife Faten, his two sons Suheil (18 years old), Jawad (13 years old) and his only daughter Haneen (9 years old). He worked in his packaging materials' shop for four years then he decided to close the shop and work in distributing these products, everything was going well and his business allowed him to ensure his family a dignified life. 

When the economic situation started to get worse in the country, Firas’s income became...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


“Now my life has begun!” with these words, Tarek described his situation when he had the chance to start a project after serving in the army for 8 years. He is a single man, he lives with his old parents and his younger brother Remon who works in a shop. The two brothers are doing their best to provide for the family.  Tarek worked in a restaurant for a short period then he worked in a battery shop but the...


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