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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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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Cotton Clothes Shop


In 2010, Mahasen had to leave her job in a sewing workshop after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, this powerful woman didn’t give up and she beat this hard disease bravely after a long painful battle. Mahasen lives with her husband who is a worker in the industrial area, her ten-year-old only son, her mother-in-law and her two sisters-in-law. 

She has always strived to support her family and did her best to improve their living situation, she couldn’t stay without...


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Mini-Market


After serving in the army for nine years, Nour had to start from scratch when he found himself without a job. He is a married man and a father of two; Rachel (4 years old) and Cesar (2 years old) and he is the family’s sole breadwinner. At the beginning of 2021, a church helped him to open a mini-market by using a room from his house where his wife Tala worked with him. 

Their newly opened shop was affected badly...


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Fuel Injectors Cleaning


Not everyone dares to make a change, especially when it comes to changing a whole career!

Bashir used to work as a locksmith; he opened a workshop in 1995 until the cruel war came and changed everything. In 2011, he lost his only source of livelihood after destroying and stealing all of his equipment.

Staying at home in Al-Hamidia became very dangerous and no choice left for Bashir’s family, but to leave seeking safety, their journey with displacement started in Tartus city...


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Photographing Equipment


Issam’s start was in 2002; throughout his long career, he worked with many famous photographers and gained wide experience in this field. He is a single man, he lives with his retired parents while his brother Samer is serving in the army. 

When the war started, he moved with his family to Damascus after losing his equipment, and during that period, he dealt with many studios until 2015; he moved to Mashta Al-Helou (a village near Homs) and he was planning...


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Roof insulation


Danny works in the field of roof insulation, he has always been known for his great skills in addition to his long experience in this profession. He lives with his mother and he is the sole breadwinner. 

Working methods were developing over time and many new means were added to ease this process. One of these important means is the floor grinding and polishing machine, as using it is safer than using the regular grinder and it saves time and effort....


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Nursing Clinic


Remon graduated in 1985, and a year later, he started his career as a nurse in the EMS section where he met his wife Mouna who is a nurse too. He lives with his wife and his son Alaa who newly finished his military service and started looking for a job opportunity, while his younger brother Rami traveled abroad seeking a better life. 

At the beginning of the war, this family fled from their house, which was damaged by mortar shells...


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Pharmacy


When Elias graduated from the faculty of pharmacy, he didn’t imagine that it would take him 16 years to fulfill his life dream! His family’s financial resources were modest and unfortunately, they couldn’t help him to implement his own project; he decided to depend on himself and started working as a pharmaceutical representative for a medicine company.  His financial obligations were increasing over the years, especially after getting married and starting a new family, all these responsibilities kept him away...


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Makeup, Nail Care Kit and Tattoo Device


When the economic situation started to get worse, Judy decided to utilize her skills in the fields of beauty and tattoo to support her husband Nawar, who had to start from scratch and work as an employee after losing his own job during the war. The young couple lives in a rented apartment and they’re both doing their best to establish a good future. 

Judy started working at home two years ago and tried very hard to improve her skills by...


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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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