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

Embroidery Machine


We all experience difficult times in our lives;  a job loss, or adjusting to a life change. Raffi lost his job and his workshop as well as two embroidery machines that were stolen at the beginning of the war.

The 50-year-old man is the father of two children, and the only provider for his family. He has been working as a supervisor on the embroidery machine since 2003 in his workshop, but the area was unreachable and robbed, he closed his...


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Sewing Workshop


“We can’t surrender, we must continue our daily strife, it’s our destiny”.

Lina is a 55 years old mother of 2 kids who suffered a lot during the last decade, her family had to be displaced to another house provided by the local church after their home was damaged and the area became unhabitable due to the control of armed groups.

Lina used to work in many sewing workshops since she was young, she has more than 25 years of experience in...


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Photography Gear


Photography is the art of making memories tangible

With that quote, Paul Kevork started his story; the father of two children started his career in the photography field 33 years ago, his good reputation made him popular among photographers, so he used to work with many famous studios and also as a freelancer.

Just before the war, Paul bought the latest equipment and continued developing his work, until the start of the crisis when the majority of studios closed and he became jobless....


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Taxi


Wajdi, a 31-year-old man, is from a small village in the countryside of Hama; “Ayyo” is a simple rural village whose residents traditionally work in agriculture, and that's what Wajdi did, in addition to some construction work before he was recruited into the military.

His family's livelihood was good before the war started, they used to own a taxi that Wajdi and his father used to drive to increase the family income.

But unfortunately during the war, Wajdi's father was kidnapped in...


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Design Equipment


Anything worth achieving usually requires a lot of long-term effort and Sako always loved creativity from a very young age. He is a young man of 21 years old, lives with his parents, his father owns a lathing machine workshop and his mother is a teacher in a private school.

Sako is studying at the design institute and attending many professional training courses in the field he loves. He wanted to get some experience in the workplace, so he started applying...


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Sewing Workshop


“Every time you start sewing, it is like a new adventure" This is how Alice described her profession.

What started as a hobby for Alice turned into a profession with a good return for the whole family.

Alice started learning how to work on machines in a sewing workshop back in 2000, with practice she developed her skills and after ten years of experience the war came along; most people lost their jobs in that period and, unfortunately, Alice was one of...


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Silver Crafting


Vartan started working in silver crafting in 1970 when he was only 18 years old. He worked hard to establish a workshop and became a freelancer in 1983. Four years later, he had to sell all the equipment he purchased to travel abroad. But regrettably, when he couldn't make it there, he had to start over from scratch. He has lived alone his whole life since his parents passed away, because of all the hardships that he faced in his...


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Cold Cuts Shop


The Idea behind Angel's project started by participating in many food exhibitions with her sister, making cold cuts sandwiches, and receiving people's admiration for the amazing taste, so she decided to take a step forward and started thinking about opening her own food place due to the large number of requests.

At the beginning of the war, Angel escaped with her family to Tartous in search of safety; they had to sell their house in Aleppo. Now she lives with her...


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Taxi


Displacement remains a painful experience that most Syrian families went through during the war, searching for the safest places, Riad carried some belongings before their journey; his family fled to Damascus because of the shelling, especially after their house was damaged. With the help of his friends, they managed to rehabilitate their home after returning to Aleppo.

To secure a better income for the family, the young children decided to help their father by working with their uncle in the field...


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Lathing Workshop


Habib is a very hardworking man who had a prosperous life before the unjust war started in Syria. He has always worked in the industrial sector, specifically in the lathing craft where he gained great experience and became the workmaster at his workshop.

Unfortunately, in 2011 when the war began, the Syrian economy collapsed, Habib had to close the workshop and live on the savings, in addition to securing his father's treatment who sadly passed away, leaving the family heartbroken.

Habib moved...


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Sewing Workshop


Losing a house and being forced to leave it was one of the most difficult challenges that Dalal's family had to face. After leaving everything behind escaping from the war in Raqqa city, they have been displaced since 2014 to Hama, then Homs, and finally to Aleppo.

Dalal,50 years old, is the mother of four young children who are still studying. Her husband had a grocery store in Raqqa, but he lost it when they left and later couldn't work because...


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Taxi


Adel is a 33-year-old man, who spent almost the third of his life serving in the military; ten years of war in the front lines of battles were enough to exhaust this young man who survived by a miracle and returned to his beloved family.

Before the crisis started, Adel used to work in a clothes shop, Later, he tried to help his mother who is a hairdresser, trying to gain some experience in this profession. He thought that in two...


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Mini-Cultivator - Agricultural Project


“Instead of being passive and waiting to receive aids; I want to be productive and work to provide for my family” those were Hanna’s words during his project opening, talking about the positive change which happened after having a mini-cultivator. 

Hanna is a farmer from Maskaneh who suffered a lot during the last few years from the high renting costs; his income became barely enough and the huge inflation made him struggle to cover his family’s essential needs, being the sole...


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Graphic Design Equipment


Since he was young, Maurice always dreamed of studying architectural engineering; he graduated from high school during a period when his family was going through tough circumstances and he couldn’t fulfill his dream. This ambitious young man didn’t have another choice but to study physics, although he wasn’t interested in this domain, he tried to improve his skills in 3D drawing and started working on his old laptop. In 2015, he had the chance to work as a graphic designer...


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Irrigation System and Agricultural Supplies- Agricultural Project


Many sectors have been damaged due to the destructive war, which affected all aspects of life in a way or another.

After the war, Amer, just like many farmers, faced several difficulties especially in watering his land, as the lack of power source made even regular tasks hard to accomplish! he realized that the only way to avoid this difficulty is by installing a drip irrigation system for his land. 

Amer is the sole breadwinner for his wife Nagham and their one-year-old...


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Irrigation System - Agricultural Project


Although he lost 7 years of his life serving in the army, Elias tried very hard to compensate for those years and worked with enthusiasm to build up a new life from scratch. After finishing his service, he returned to his home village Maskaneh and stayed with his elderly parents who needed his help and support. 

Since his father's health and age no longer allow him to work in farming, the 32 year old took the responsibility of his family's land...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Mikhail’s life had changed when he was diagnosed with an arterial embolism in his right leg, which made even doing the regular activities a painstaking work to him. 

He lives with his family in a rented apartment; he couldn’t stay without work and despite the doctors’ warnings, he was obliged to continue working in his exhausting profession as a wall-painter. Being the sole breadwinner for his wife and two children, this was his only way for making a living. 

Lately, Mikhail’s health...


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Pistachio Seedlings and Irrigation System- Agricultural Project


Connecting to the Land gives sense of belonging, it means more than just a source of living, it is about giving life.

Naeem is a farmer from Al-Hamra village (south of Homs) who devoted his life to taking care of his land, and throughout his long farming years, he grew different crops like wheat and barley in addition to many trees such as olives, almond, and grapes. 

His land is in a suitable location with arable and fertile soil, equipped with an...


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Olive, Grape and Almond Seedlings - Agricultural Project


The burdens of living in a country that suffers from an economic crisis have forced many to work multiple jobs in order to meet the basic needs of their families.

Attah is a married man and father of two; George (19 years old) and Jessie (15 years old). He works in a restaurant, but unfortunately, it became an unreliable source of income even in addition to his work in farming.

This hardworking man used to grow barley, wheat, olive, almond, and grapes...


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Pistachio Seedlings- Agricultural Project


Fayez lives with his family of six; his wife, their three daughters, and son in their village Al-Hamra, he worked in farming besides working as a government employee for 35 years until he retired in 2020. Fayez has always been known for being a productive person, who loves to work. After retirement, his pension was barely enough to cover his big family’s essential needs and since he had the time now, working in farming became his prime livelihood.

He used to...


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Mini-Market


Like many in his age, the devastating war stood in Shadi’s way and prevented him from building his own future! The only choice left for him was leaving his country. This is how this young man traveled to Antigua, trying to make good living off of working in the field of catering and restaurants for 4 years. 

Unfortunately, during that period, the cruel war had its effect on his family; his father got injured by a shell, which prevented him from...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


The post-war period affected all aspects of life and Syrians are struggling every day to make a living! 

Shadi is a floor tiler, in 2012, he lost his main equipment and had to start all over again. He is the only provider for his wife Marcel, his daughter Naya and his son Ibrahim and they are living in a rented apartment.

He couldn’t stay without a job and with some money he had, he managed to buy used equipment which allowed him...


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Plumbing Requirements Shop


Since he was young, Fadi and his brothers used to help their father in his plumbing requirements shop; through the years, he enjoyed working as a plumber and gained a wide experience in this field. 

Unfortunately, like many of his age, he couldn’t establish a life because of the cruel war; in 2014, he was called to serve in the army, his service lasted for five years and when he finished, he didn’t have the opportunity to start his independent project...


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Mini-Market


Gerges is a retired employee, he works in his mini-market that he opened back in 2000. 

He is the sole breadwinner for his wife Nadima, his daughter Reem and his son Abdo in addition to supporting his younger son’s family, Shadi who is married and currently serving in the army. 

His shop is one of the oldest shops in the area and being a well-liked person, helped him create good relations with his neighbors and to have many customers, which allowed him...


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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