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 Pick-up Truck


“The war took many years of my life, and now I’m trying to establish a new one from scratch!” 

Those were Johnny’s words, who spent 10 years of his life serving in the army; he lives with his wife Marah who is a university student so he is the sole breadwinner of the house. 

When he finished his service, Johnny immediately started looking for a job opportunity; in February 2021, he had the chance to work as a salesman for a painting...


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Wall Painting Equipment


Manhal lives with his brother Akram (58 years old) and his two sisters; Caroline (56 years old) and Sanaa (53 years old) in their family house. He has worked as a wall painter since 1997 and has been known for the quality of his work and wide experience in this profession. Manhal shares this profession with his brother Akram, together they work hard to provide for the family. 

After the war, their business was affected badly by the power shortages, which...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


When Hani finished his 9-years-long service in 2019, he found himself jobless without any experience just like many Syrians who lost their opportunity to establish their life because of the cruel war. 

Hani is a married man and a father of two; a boy Issa (5years old) and a girl Sham (2years old), his wife Mais who works as a teacher, has always supported him and they both work together to ensure their small family a decent life. 

Hani was called for...


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Mini-Market


Shireen studied translation at the University of Homs, in 2018, she had the chance to work for a travel agency until the devastating war started and shut down her job. During the war, she did her best to find suitable work but unfortunately, her efforts weren't successful. 

Despite the lack of opportunities, Shireen didn’t give up and decided to start her own project to help her husband in providing for their family. 8 years ago, she opened a small shop specialized...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Antoine has been working as a floor tiler since 1997, he lives with his wife Suheir, their son Christian (14 years old), and their daughter Eliana (11 years old) in a rented apartment where he is the family’s sole provider. 

In 2011, Antoine lost all of his equipment at a construction site in Baba Amr neighborhood during the war and since then, he has been using some simple tools which became worn out and its frequent break-downs decreased his work productivity, much less the power shortage that hindered his work a lot. 

Compensating for Antoine's loss by supporting him with new equipment and an electrical generator will improve his income and give him and his family the chance to settle down and have a stable livelihood. 

Mini Pick-up Truck


Ziad worked as a floor tiler for 17 years between many different countries until he had a critical health condition that prevented him from continuing in this profession that requires a lot of physical effort. In 1997, he opened an electrical devices shop in Wadi Al-Sayeh neighborhood near his house, his business was very successful and everything went well but the war started and he lost his shop. 

By 2011, staying in Wadi Al-Sayeh was no longer safe and Ziad was...


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Carpentry workshop


Talal lost his carpentry workshop during the war after working for more than 30 years in this field, he had no choice but to work in someone else’s workshop and lose a big part of his profits just to ensure his two children a dignified life. 

He became the sole responsible for his daughter Valentina (16 years old) and his son Kevin (15 years old) upon splitting up with his wife, and today he lives with them, in addition to his...


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Plumbing Requirements Shop


Iyad didn’t have the chance to establish a career after spending nine years of his life serving in the army.

15 years ago, when Iyad was still young, he used to help his father who is a plumber for a long period of time. 

During his service, he had an accident that resulted in a hernia disc injury, since then his health condition prevented him from doing many activities. When he finished his service in June 2021, he became the sole provider...


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Nuts Shop


Attiah represents Syrians’ willpower to continue their lives despite all the brutality they have witnessed during the war. He is a single man who lives with his elderly mother and aunt after they lost everything they had in their home village “Om Sharshouh” and were displaced to the city of Homs where they stayed in a rented apartment. 

After displacement, he didn’t surrender to the harsh circumstances and traveled to Lebanon trying to compensate for his family’s great losses. He worked...


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Dental Clinic


The cruelty of war never stopped Maha from chasing her dreams and despite all the tough times, she graduated from the faculty of dentistry in 2008 and managed to get her master’s degree in tooth and jaw orthodontics by the year 2013. 

The unjust war turned her life upside down, as the dental clinic she was starting in 2011 was completely stolen before she even opened it, the place was left waiting for her to return someday!

During this period, Maha fled...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Émile started his career as a floor tiler in 1990, he lives with his wife Rania and their youngest daughter, Joelle (13 years old), whereas their older two children moved out after marriage. 

The war had left him with a scar to remind him of its cruelty; one day, he went out to bring food for his family and got shot in the arm, thankfully, his injury wasn’t dangerous, but after this incident, his family decided to leave Homs for a...


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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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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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