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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Wooden Furniture Spraying


On a gloomy morning in 2012, Antoine’s life turned upside down, when he was kidnapped on his way to work. It was the hardest 15 days of his life, when he was finally set free, he made the decision of leaving Aleppo.

Antoine took his family of four to Latakia leaving behind his furniture spraying workshop and equipment. Settling there was not an easy thing, Antoine started looking for jobs in his original field of work, in order to provide for his...


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Pick-up truck


Throughout his life years, Whether it was as an employee in a shop or for clients everywhere, Armen’s job has always been in the sales domain.

He started back in 1990 and his hard work paid of after long years of persistence and Armen’s acquaintances’ list grew longer specially when he became a salesman. His position allows him to drive a pick-up truck full of merchandise to sell and distribute them around the city. 

Although Armen liked his job, but due to...


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Hair Products Manufacture


Despite the fact that their house was hit by a mortar shell in 2012, but Najeeb, his wife May and his three sons have never left their house or lost their hope and resilience. The close bond between the family is what made them strong while facing the dangers and even the financial troubles.

For many years, Najeeb and his older son used to work in the beauty industry, they’ve been specialized in producing hair extensions, hair care products like oil...


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Sculpturing tools


While Bassam’s Mother and three siblings lived and worked in Aleppo, Bassam was living in his hometown in Al-Yacoubieh village, finding inspiration for his artworks in its mesmerizing tranquil nature. Bassam used to work all year to prepare his precious pieces in the quiet of his home garden, then when his sculpture collections are complete, he would display them in art exhibitions in Damascus and Lebanon, where art collectors would appreciate his unique sculptures and buy them right away. Unfortunately,...


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Sewing workshop


George Harero has been in the cloth manufacturing business since 1995, it is the field he chose and it became his main profession. In the start he started in making women’s dresses, but later he expanded his business by opening a small workshop for cottonwear. When the war started, things got bad quickly, their house in Al-Midan became in danger and even his brother lost his job in car mechanics. It was then when George suggested that his brother come...


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Embroidery Machine


Majd is a hardworking young man, who is trying to be an independent and productive part of the community.

His first job experience started back in 2016 in the culinary business, Majd started working in restaurants’ cuisines on many tasks, it was his livelihood since his father had passed away and he became the provider for him and his mother. 

But when Majd saw that his job was taking him nowhere career wise, he decided to learn something new, so he chose...


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Taxi


Garabet’s original profession has always been in car repairs and maintenance, it was the family business for many generations. From an early age Garabet started learning about it and it became his full-time job. 

But in 2002, a sever leg injury turned Garabet’s life upside down. He was in Damascus when he fell from a three stories height and his untreated condition got complicated to the point where he was at risk of losing both legs. 

The next four years were painfully...


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Silver Crafting Tools


Ghassan Kalayji, the father of three, has a long experience in silver crafting and precious stones setting. It was a choice he made many years ago to enter this field that required both skills and artistic taste and became his main profession. Ghassan surely had his ups and downs in business, but what the war has caused became pretty hard to take, specially that with the economic crisis, this business had a decrease in demand and was one of the...


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Ironsmith Workshop


When Fadi inherited the family's business from his father, he never knew that someday he will have to start over from scratch. The workshop was located in Al-Ramuseh industrial area and their specialty was heavy-trailers manufacturing and maintenance. But in 2012 everything was gone; the building was damaged by shells and the machinery were stolen. Their family also suffered, Fadi’s parents immigrated so the family was torn apart and Fadi himself sought safety in Marmarita during 2014-2015 where he had...


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Sewing Workshop


Rami Haddad is like most middle-class workers, battling against the blundering economics and trying to provide for his family of three and his mother whom they live with. During the war, Rami’s work suffered from an immense set-back. The whole chaotic situation resulted in great losses in business; many of Rami’s old clients fled the country without paying him, and many merchandise shipments were confiscated on the unsafe highways between Syrian cities. Eventually Rami had to close his workshop and...


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Metal Welding Workshop


Jameel was one of the craftsmen whose career was severely disrupted because of the Syrian war. Prior to 2012, Syria was heading toward developing its economy; large companies and industries were being built and many well-known artisans like Jameel were having thriving businesses more than ever. However, when war started everything changed. The nature of Jameel’s work was affiliated with industrial facilities, huge gas or water pipe lines' installation project across cities and oil tanks manufacturing projects. this type of...


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Food Place


Despite all difficulties, the 35-years-old Boutros was determined to reopen his local restaurant in Al-Serian neighborhood after being closed for a long time because of war. In those dark years the whole city was in danger, restaurants were closing and life became hard on every aspect. Boutros decided to leave Syria and go to Lebanon, until Aleppo becomes safe again. When Boutros and his wife came back to Aleppo, they settled in his family’s house with his parents, and became...


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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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