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.
I was displaced from my house in Al-meedan area after it got damaged, to my uncle’s house, I left my shop and became unemployed for six months,which was the hardest period of my life, then I worked at my uncle’s shop but I lost my customers and I need a better income because the profits are little and these machines will help me alot to provide a decent life for my family and try to overcome the hardships we went through.
After shutting down the project in the JRS, we found ourselves jobless, we lived on our life savings, then we came up with this idea that the need for food is never fading,it's primary and thus we can provide a steady income through opening this restaurant, it will also be helpful to revive the community and serve a delicious food in addition to an enjoyable time.
I used to work at several workshops in tailoring on the sewing machines, during the war crisis I worked in a shelter that belongs to my brother in law under my house, and I borrowed sewing machines and with the help of my husband "who also lost his job because of war" and my kids who help me after finishing their study at the university, we work hard and get by. My goal is not to get rich, rather not to have to beg anyone for money and to have a decent life for our family. We're a big family and we need every little help we can get.
I was displaced from Al-Jalaa area where I used to live, because it became very dangerous due to mortars, to my parents house in Sulemanyah. I worked in several jobs that were not related to my field just to provide an income, but I hope to work in photography again because it is my real passion and it's a profitable job.
I lost my job, my shop and my machines in Bustan Al-basha area,I can't go back there and the equipment is irreplaceable because it is too expensive. My sister is a widow,her house was damaged by a mortar bomb and her daughter passed away,the whole family lived in agony and I became the sole provider for her and her children and the one who's responsible for their education and daily expenses, this is not about a car, it's about a second chance in life for a family who has gone through so much suffering.
I lost my workshop in Shekh-Kheder area and I became unemployed, then I heard about this initiative and found a shop for rent, I have to work although I am too old for this hard job but it is the only way other than begging for money. If I got this workshop I'll be able to provide for my family and keep my dignity.
Rami is a married man who served in the army for about nine years. He was driving during his military service when a bomb exploded next to him and caused many injuries including damage to his vocal cords, and he started stuttering ever since.
Rami belongs to a humble family that has suffered financially for ages; his paralyzed father couldn't work due to his disability, so Rami's mother cleaned houses to provide the family livelihood. Rami started working at a young...
Maturity is not about age, it is about the ability to handle responsibilities even at a very young age. George was only 10 years old when his father was martyred by the harsh war in Syria, which caused George trauma, and took him years to recuperate.
He was too young to hold the family responsibility, including his mother and three sisters. He had to leave school and learn a profession so he could support his elder sister, who works at a...
Young people have to work hard to build their future by looking for good opportunities, but unfortunately, because of the war most of them like Jamil didn’t find a chance, especially after 10 years of serving in the military.
Jamil is a motivated and energetic young man who lives with his family. His father is a tailor and his sister works as an employee in a bank. After more than 10 years, he was discharged from the military with no experience...
In 2013, Sarkis, a newly married man, moved to Tartus with his mother and wife, trying to escape from the shells that fell randomly everywhere. They stayed there at their relative's house, then returned to their home in Aleppo when the situation started to get safer.
He has had this jewelry-designer career since 2005. He used to work on his own computer from homemaking the designs, in addition, he used to work in a metal molding workshop. He always wanted to...
“Whether you served in the military for 8 years or more, deciding what to do with the rest of your life may feel both exciting and overwhelming, it is entirely up to you,” Joseph said.
Returning to reality also posed many challenges for Joseph. It was difficult for him to begin a new career so he decided to return to the profession that he practiced from the beginning of 2004 until he started serving in the military in 2011.
While many young...
Razan's passion for artistic crafts started when a friend taught her about this skill and then they worked together as partners.
Razan is married and a mother of two boys, her family was displaced from Homs to Fairouza village, where they settled down in her brother's house after their old home in Homs was completely stolen and since then, Razan and her husband Fadi, who works as a floor tiler, are doing their best to compensate for their loss.
Unfortunately, her friend...
Karmo started working in the field of gypsum board installation back in 2010, drawing on his special talent in addition to the great skills that he gained by working around many Syrian cities throughout his career until he became one of the well-known craftsmen in this profession.
He is a married man and a father of a boy and a girl and the only provider for his beloved family.
Using the same equipment for more than 10 years affected Karmo's work, while...
When his equipment for floor tiling became no longer efficient, Salim had no other choice but to work with other craftsmen or borrow the essential tools in order to provide for his big family.
Salim is a floor tiler from Homs city, after the war he moved with his wife and their two sons in addition to his mother and sister to Fairouza village. Being responsible for his family, his income was hardly enough to cover their basic needs and he couldn't afford to buy new equipment, especially during the hard living conditions in the country and the severe economic crisis.
Salim has been working in this profession since 2007, and after all these years of experience he deserves to work independently and improve his family's situation by getting the new equipment.
Being a young single mother can be a real challenge in our society, especially during the post-war period when securing even the simplest needs requires a lot of effort and hard work.
Ranin is the only provider for her 11-year-old daughter Joelle; after she split up with her husband, she took her daughter and moved to her parents' house where she found support, she has always done her best to guarantee her little daughter a dignified life.
Ranin is an employee in...
Zaher is a skilled craftsman who managed to make his own way and become well-known in the field of aluminum crafting through hard work and dedication.
At a young age, he worked in an aluminum workshop and loved this profession, then after his military service, Zaher had the aspiration and drive to establish his own workshop as he gained the needed experience but unfortunately, he couldn't afford to buy the needed machinery, so in 2015, he worked as an employee in...
Elian is a floor tiler who used to work with his father from a young age during the summer holidays, and when he finished school he continued until he went to serve in the army back in 2010.
His service lasted for 9 years and many things have changed throughout this long period; unfortunately, his father passed away in 2017 and Elian became his mother's only provider; he worked whenever he had the chance while he was serving just to cover...
Samir is a loving father who gave his all to support his wife and daughters.
He works as a farmer in his home village "Barsheen" after retiring in 2017, he lives with his wife Hosn and their daughters; Nardine (29 years old) who has special needs, and their twins Christine and Lilian (27 years old) in addition to Lujain (21 years old), and he goes to the village each week in order to take care of his land there.
During the war...
Elie became his mother's only family upon his father's death, they moved to settle down in Fairouza village and decided to start over from scratch after losing everything in Homs city.
He has been working as a floor tiler for more than 20 years now, with great experience in the field, and he used to have all the required equipment but unfortunately, his main tools were stolen from a construction site in Homs and since that day, he worked with his uncle using borrowed tools.
Elie needs the new equipment to achieve his independence at work, which will reflect positively on his income and allow him to make his way towards a better life and start his own family with a hopeful heart.
Firas is a young man from Homs who chose his career path in floor tiling at an early age and started working with many craftsmen until he acquired the needed skills.
When his father became no longer able to continue in his tiring work, Firas took the responsibility of supporting his family using his old, wearied tools because he couldn't afford to buy new equipment.
Today, he still lives with his parents and the enthusiastic young man is doing his best to...
Hussam is one of the craftsmen who were heavily affected by the harsh war circumstances of the country, he is a floor tiler from Homs and the only provider for his wife and 2 children.
The skilled man started his career in Homs and things went so well until the war began; his work was shut down so he traveled to Lebanon in an attempt to improve his situation.
Unfortunately, he only stayed there for three years due to the economic crisis...
Elias went through many hardships during the cruel war. The newly married man from Rablah village was displaced with his parents from their home village to the city of Homs, where he lives now with his wife.
He learned hairdressing back in 2007, and after moving to Homs city he rented a salon and started his own project. While the economic circumstances were getting harder, he tried to improve his situation by traveling to Lebanon but unfortunately, he wasn't so lucky,...
Zuhair and his wife Ramia took their three children and escaped the dangers of war when their home village Al-Dwair was attacked by armed groups and the family lost everything.
They rented an apartment in Fairouza village, where they chose to settle down and tried to start a new life all over again. Zuhair's career in the field of floor grinding and polishing started back in 1980, his special skills helped him work in many different cities around Syria.
His business relies...
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...
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.
After more than 20 years of a stable career and secure living conditions, Anwar Hanna, the 63-year-old man was a victim of displacement and losses.
Anwar was living with his family in Erbin area, in the countryside of Damascus, he was working as a blacksmith at his private carpentry workshop and their life was full of peace and security which all was ruined after 2011 as the terrorist groups broke into the area and spread their violence and horror at over....
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...
George is a married man and the father of three daughters Dina, Rita, and Rima.
George suffers from speech disorder but that didn’t prevent him from working or having a normal lifestyle as for the last 30 years, he has been working at the Ministry of Health as a physical therapist.
He handled his tough work schedule for many years to ensure a dignified life for his family, because all he cared about was raising his daughters to become successful individuals in...
We are all aware of the violent acts of war during the last decade which affected the lives of many innocent people.
Edwar was one of those people who was exposed to a kidnapping incident that turned his life upside down.
Edwar Darwish was born in 1972, married and has a son ‘Gassan” born in 2014. He lives with his family in Kashkoul, a Damascus suburb and for more than 10 years, he worked as a bus driver on Damascus-Aleppo international road.
The cruel war forced many people to live far away from their families and children, seeking better income to afford decent living conditions.
Dekran Kendmian worked in maintenance and his salary was good enough to meet his daily expenses, but with the beginning of the war, his profession was affected badly and he became unable to afford the basic needs.
Dekran couldn’t stand watching his children deprived of having a good life or proper education, so he decided to travel to Lebanon...
Abdo had a peaceful and stable life with his family living in Sednaya town, Damascus countryside.
During the first years of the war, the situation began to worsen gradually, until it became very dangerous to stay in the area, as his house was severely damaged by the shelling which forced the family to leave their home without being able to take any belongings.
Abdo and his family moved to Damascus where his friend helped him rent a small apartment in one of...
There will always be difficult challenges to face every day, but with great faith, one will be strong enough to defeat those challenges as Jamil Bshara did his entire life.
Jamil is 49, married to Silva Hamwi and together they have amazing three children; Eleanor and Alber born in 2003, and Enji born in 2005. Jamil and his family live in a small rented flat in Jaramana where he works in packaging at the Syrian Trade Corporation.
Before the crisis, Jamil used...
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...
"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...
“Either you challenge life or let it defeat you”
The words of a woman who was hit by life’s hardships many times and came out stronger and wiser.
Clemance Akhras is 46, a widowed mother of two, Mouna 23, and Naser 22. She used to live happily with her family in Aleppo, working as a seamstress to help her husband with the living expenses.
With the start of war in 2011, her husband passed away from a heart attack, leaving Clemance heartbroken and...