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

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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Sewing Machines


The war had many calamities; death, poverty, immigration, but the hardest was the vague destiny of the kidnapped people. Hasmik had to deal with the most painful loss when her eldest son Levon was kidnapped in 2012.

"I will never forget that day, it changed our lives forever", she said.

This terrible experience was enough to make any person give up, but her motherly heart always tells her that one day she will meet her beloved son again.

Levon's wife took Hasmik's two...


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Taxi


"Each time I try to establish my life, something bad happens," Fadi said. He lost his mother when he was still a kid, and his father passed away two years ago, he had to borrow some money because he couldn't afford the funeral expenses.

Fadi worked hard to manage his financials but unfortunately, he had an accident that caused him two skull fractures, thus he spent much money on the treatment costs. He was serving in the army when his father...


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Taxi


Low-income families struggle from the negative effects attached to the stigma of being poor, this doesn’t solely affect the family as a whole, but it affects every single member as well. 

Antonio is a 32-years-old man, who lives in his mother’s house, since he was young he worked hard to face the financial burdens of his family and secure a decent living for his wife who is still studying at the University of Fine Arts, and his elderly mother. He had...


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Taxi


Many people struggled with the remnants of the harsh war that the country witnessed, Fadi was one of those who were directly affected by those battles. He lost ten years of his life serving in the military, in addition to many physical injuries.

Before the war started, he worked as a blacksmith for two years, gained modest experience in that craft, before he had to serve in the military until he was discharged with injuries in his back that prevented him...


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Fabric Prints Workshop


There is no doubt that war left many hard stories to read, no one ever wants to lose their home and be displaced to another city, but sadly, many were forced to since 2012.

Sevag and his family were from those people; They lived in Qamishli city before the war began, but the loss of their home during the crisis was heartbreaking, their lives turned upside down when they were obliged to leave everything behind and move to Aleppo.

Despite all the...


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Pharmacy


Micheline had to bear much for her age, the brutal war overburdened this young mother and life wasn't fair with her; when she was deprived with her only son George (6years old) of their sole support in life, her husband Elia who was martyred while he was serving in the army. 

After this tragedy, Micheline’s life turned upside down, she took George and moved to live with her parents, but despite all the tough circumstances, she chose to stand up and...


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Men's Clothes Shop


Before the war, Mouna used to work as a teacher, she had a peaceful life with her husband who is a civil engineer, and their three children. Like all the families who were living in Al-Hamidia, this family was displaced in wartime to a small village near Homs called Fairouza. 

Displacement wasn't the only unfortunate incident for the family, their house in Al-Hamidia was severely damaged and the office that Mouna’s husband had established from scratch was completely destroyed. The eldest...


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Construction Scaffold


Fadi was working at a construction site in “Baba Amr” neighborhood, which was a very dangerous area when the war began in Homs. Sadly, things escalated quickly during that period; he had to leave everything behind as he didn’t have the chance to dismantle the scaffold he owned, and ever since he worked by using a rented one. 

Fadi is the sole provider for his wife and two children, he works in masonry facade installation since 1995, this profession has always...


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Packaging Materials


Antoine had no other choice but to head back home after he lost his job in the UAE due to the COVID-19 spread. He didn’t give up despite all the hardships, and with some money he saved he opened a packaging materials shop which was the only one in the area to cover all the needs with various goods. 

Antoine lives with his parents and sister, lately, his income started to become insufficient as his small business was affected badly by the unstable prices, supplying the shop with more goods became hardly possible lacked many essential goods. 

This project is his only way to provide a living without needing any help, supporting this young man’s project, will help him overcome what he went through and give him a new chance to have a better future. 

Sewing Workshop


Behind each closed door, there’s a story to be told and someone who needs to be heard.

This devastating story of a Syrian family who had a peaceful life until the cruel war visited their warm house and stole the joy from their lives! Today, Antoinette lives with her husband Rafeh (74 years old), after they lost their son George during the war, while their two other children traveled abroad seeking a better life. 

Unfortunately, in 2015, their house was completely burned...


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Sewing Workshop


Ghada has been working as a seamstress since 2004, she lives with her husband and their youngest son Aphram, while their other two sons traveled abroad seeking better job opportunities.

In 2017, Ghada started her first workshop with very simple capabilities and within a short period, she managed to create good relations with many clients and became popular in the neighborhood. 

With the harsh economic circumstances in the country, many people tended to fix their old clothes instead of buying new ones...


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Mini-Cultivator - Agricultural Project


Year after year, Murshed who is a floor tiler became no longer able to continue working the way he used to. While he was getting older, and being the only provider for his family, he started to focus more on farming to keep providing for them without needing any help.

He is a married man and a father of two; a daughter and a son. Living with his small family in their simple rural house in Ozair village; Murshed has worked...


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Mini-Cultivator - Agricultural Project


Life taught Maurice how to take responsibility for a family at a very young age after his father passed away. Since then, his mother Suzan who is a teacher did everything she could to compensate for her four children's great loss, and the whole family was depending on her salary for a living. 

Maurice is a 22-year-old veterinary student who lives with his mother, brother, and two sisters in a simple house in Ozeir village. He took upon himself the responsibility...


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Photography


In 2011, Tarek and his wife Hanan had no other choice but to leave everything behind. After losing their house in the city of Homs; they fled to their home village “Outan” where he rented a small shop and continued working. 

He is a photographer since 2001, his wife is a teacher and they have a four-year-old twin; a girl and a boy. 

2017 was the year when Tarek and Hanan decided to return home and start a new life for the...


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Taxi


When Samer’s family left their home village “Al-Dwair”, they didn’t know that they would leave with no return! This family lost their only house and fled into the unknown, away from the falling projectiles and all the horror they suffered, to start a new life from scratch in a rented apartment in the city of Homs.

Today, Samer lives with his wife Rihab, and their three sons; Elie (15 years old), Mike (12 years old) and Yazan (9 years old). 

He works...


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Strawberry Seedlings- Agricultural Project


Bassel lives with his wife, their 12-year-old son, and his elderly father in Ozeir village, the hometown of many generations of the Jreij family.

Its geographic location on the Syrian/Lebanese borders made Ozeir's younger generation head to Lebanon to search for their own paths through life, and have different experiences from what their parents and grandparents had in their farm-based community. Bassel was no exception, in 2001 he headed to Lebanon and pursued a career in culinary work. It wasn't until 2019...


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Mini-Cultivator-Agricultural Project


George is a farmer; he is the sole breadwinner for his wife, their 3 children in addition to his elderly father and his sister, he lives with his family in Ozeir village and he grows strawberries for a living. 

George heard about the Micro-Agricultural Projects Program and saw it as a great chance to improve his project during the hard economic circumstances in the country, so he applied for a mini-cultivator, which would make plowing the soil easier and a pesticide engine sprayer. 

With the great skills he has, his project was approved, now, he became able to develop his work and secure a better income for his family depending on the land that he has always loved.

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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Stationery Shop


For 23 years, Nawal worked as a teacher to many generations who learned from this wise woman, she didn’t just teach them the typical curriculum but also planted true values of life in their mind and you can see that from her sons whom, despite the difficult financial and living condition of the country, were supported by their mother to become successful in their education. Hani is now in the third year of Agriculture Engineering, Fady is in the first...


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Foodstuff Kiosk


Whenever you go to Al-Dwalaa neighborhood, you see Mousa Barhoum smiling, full of determination, standing beside a small kiosk next to the sidewalk from early morning hours until late evening, selling goods, on one leg after losing the other due to a health problem.

Mousa was working as a maintenance and procurement worker in Al-Mashrabiya restaurant in Bab Touma, his income was good enough to meet his family's expenses and his daughters’ education. But In 2015, Mousa suffered from vascular ischemia...


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Hairdressing Salon


In 2010, Tony left his village and headed to the city of Damascus with hope and determination to make a change in the life of his family. He settled in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood and started to work in any available job and send most of his wages to his mother and brother who suffers from sight disability. 

Unfortunately in the first years of the war the security situation in Damascus deteriorated badly, and soon after, he was asked to serve in Hama.

Tony...


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Taxi


Wissam Wakim is married to Rasha Mousa, together they have a cute little kid called Marcus.

Wissam has worked as a goldsmith since 1996, but after the beginning of the war in Syria this profession became unprofitable so he traveled to Lebanon in 2011 and started to work as a private driver for a Lebanese family. 

Unfortunately, after about four years, the family traveled abroad and Wissam became jobless, so he returned to Syria where he got employed as a driver between...


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Teaching Class


Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete.

That’s what could be concluded from the life journey of Wassim Nanaa, a 37-year-old man who was struggling for the last decade to survive. Wassim was living along with his mother and two brothers in Al-Dwalaa area, working as a hairstylist with his brother and their work was good enough to secure them a decent life.

Wassim was like any young man of his...


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Distributing Foodstuffs


Firas Haddad, 46, lives with his mother in a modest house in Jaramana, Damascus countryside.

as a child, Firas went through very difficult circumstances as he was exposed to a fire accident in his childhood that caused severe burns on his hands and face. He has undergone many surgeries since then and still suffers from deformities, but it didn't prevent him from working or having a normal life.

In 2010, Firas started working as a salesperson using his small car, and even...


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Pickup Truck


"I always trust God’s will in my life and reconcile with all my struggles, the one who believes…. will always survive” With those words, Emil began telling us his tragic story.

Emil Philips is 51 years old, married with two kids Thomas and Maroska. Emil and his family are Egyptians living in Syria; he originally came to Syria from his home country Egypt in 2010 to find better career opportunities. He got employed as a food officer at Albal Hotel in...


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Pickup Truck


Many challenges in life may seem insurmountable and limiting, but humans have always proven that obstacles are made to overcome.

Tariq Al-Nadafa, born in 1988, is married to Rudaina and lives with his parents and brother in a small house in the Kashkoul area - Damascus countryside.

Tariq is one of the young men whose youth was drained by the Syrian war as he served for ten difficult and cruel years. After he was discharged, he found himself without a real profession...


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Pickup Truck


Fady Yazjy, 47 years, is married and has two kids; George born in 2006, and Mary-belle born in 2011.

Fady and his family used to live in Alkabbas area in Damascus, but during the crisis, the area was surrounded by armed groups and hit daily by dozens of mortar shells which caused huge damage to the family's house, so they had to flee to another area without being able to take any of their belongings or furniture out of the house. 

Unfortunately,...


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Mini Market


Walid Al-Bethreh, is married and lives in a small, modest house in Al Tabbaleh neighborhood in Damascus. He worked as a jeweler in a workshop since 1999, he did everything he could to provide his family with the best living, but things changed after the outbreak of war, as the Goldsmithing work began to gradually diminish until it stopped in 2014 due to the lack of demand and the workshop was closed.

Walid didn't hesitate to start in a different profession...


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