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

Design Equipment


It’s never easy to leave everything we have ever known for so long. However, sometimes, moving on is necessary to survive. When Fares left his home in 2014 because of the war, he lost everything; all the belongings and the family’s memories and fled abruptly with family carrying only the clothes they were wearing to a friend’s house for some time.

Fares worked in publishing and design since 2002. First, he practiced in a local printing house and as his experience...


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Auto Body Repair Workshop


Bedros had a lovely life with his wife and 3 children until the war came and took everything from him, their lives turned upside down like many Syrian families; they traveled to Armenia where they meant to stay there for only a month, but unfortunately, his relatives in Aleppo asked him not to return because his workshop was destroyed and the whole city was not safe, and indeed Bedros's stay in Armenia extended for 9 years.

When in Armenia, Bedros didn't...


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Car suspension workshop


After their house was destroyed by the shells, all Boghos' efforts to migrate with his family to a safer place failed. His only choice was to separate from his family which stayed in Aleppo and move to Lebanon and work in a car suspension workshop, a domain he is well experienced in. 

The Lebanese regulations for Syrian residents made it hard for Boghos to stay, he was obliged to come back to Syria with nothing but his 25 years worth experience...


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Coffee Shop


Being forced to flee your own home is a life-changing experience; Hanna escaped with his family to another area to live in a rented house. Hanna said: "When we fled from our home, which was located in the Sheikh Maqsoud area, we left all the furniture and our belongings, we lost everything and the house was damaged as a result of the shelling”.

The 31-year-old young man was in charge of his family at an early age, he took care of...


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Sewing Machines


Choosing a career is an extremely important decision that impacts an individual’s entire future. The father of George was a major influence on his children’s development and career choices.

George used to work with his father in tailoring, he learned the profession at a young age and gained lots of experience in it until it became his main job, starting from 1994 till 2001. Later on, he opened his own workshops in several locations during the last 15 years.

After his father...


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Homemade Sweets and Pastries


No matter how old we are, losing a parent is never easy, the loss and grief could hit hard and for some people like jack, it leaves them facing new responsibilities in life including taking care of his sister, who was fighting her own battle against cancer that ended tragically after a long fatal struggle.

Jack, who is now 38 years old, has always been close to his family, not only supporting them in difficult times but also sharing with them their interests...


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Makeup and Nail Kit


“Although you are in your own country, you feel like a displaced person, when you have to leave your house and city”.

With these words the 35 years old Lucy described her family’s struggle, when she, her husband, and her three lovely kids found themselves forced to leave their city of Al-Raqqa and seek refuge in Aleppo, leaving behind their home, work, school, and their memories.

Since they arrived, They have been living at a friend’s house, and Lucy’s husband has been working at...


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Pressor for grommets and cloth accessories


What makes Nabil’s story unique is his innovation, resourcefulness, eco-friendly approach to what may seem a normal and typical process. 

Nabil has been producing cloth’s, bags and shoes related metal accessories for so long now, that he mastered the profession and if it wasn’t for the war, his business was expanding quickly, but good things wouldn’t last in the shadows of the crucial war. In a blink of an eye Nabil’s workshop was confiscated and his tools were stolen and Nabil...


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Car body repair workshop


Nerses’s journey of agony and turmoil started in 2011 when he and his family, fled their homes and lives in Al-Raqqa, carrying only the clothes they were wearing. The city of Latakia became their refuge, it was safer than their hometown which had been bombed and targeted with every kind of bombshells. Due to those bombshells Nerses heard the devastating news, his house and workshop in Al-Raqqa were demolished completely leaving no hope for nerses to go back to his...


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Cleaning supplies shop


Gabi has always been a good father who depends on himself to meet his family's daily requirements and who is always looking after his three young son, George, Fadi, and Elias, two of whom are now serving in the military.

They are one of Al-Sheikh Maqsood families, who have been displaced from their houses to a safer one because of the shells that destroyed their houses. One of the biggest shocks their family went through was after they tried to return...


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Hair and makeup salon


Like a broken record the struggle of Syrian families has been playing again and again for a long time now even though the armed fight is over but it seems that the collateral damage continues to put the remaining Hope out and diminishes the dreams of a brilliant future for people like Rita and her father Jack among many.

What a 10-year-old war can do to a small business is excruciating. Jack the 56 years old well experienced hairdresser saw his...


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Mini Restaurant


One of the most harmful things that can happen to a person is losing a child.

No words could describe what's happened to Kevork after the excruciating events Kevork, his wife Suzi and their daughter Rozali went through.

Kevork was born and raised in Al-Kuwait He started working as an employee in a traditional Kuwaiti restaurant since he was a teenager, and kept developing himself until he became a chief supervisor in the restaurant. Later in 2016, he returned to his hometown,...


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Handmade Accessories


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...


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Ceiling Décor


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...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


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. 

Nail Care Kit


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...


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Aluminum Workshop


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...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


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...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


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...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


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. 

Floor Tiling Equipment


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...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


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...


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Barbershop


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,...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


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...


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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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Taxi


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....


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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


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...


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Taxi


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.

His...


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Pick-up Truck


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...


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Taxi


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...


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Mini Market


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...


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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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Sewing Workshop


“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...


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