Association Arménienne d’Aide Sociale (A.A.A.S.) was the first of the Armenian welfare organizations  to be established in France.

Back in 1890, a group of Armenian businessmen living in France decided to help the Armenian students coming to Europe to further and complete their education.

At first, the organization was called  Société de Bienfaisance des Arméniens de Paris, among Armenians it was well known as “Akhkadakhnam”.

In 1954,it’s name was changed to Association Arménienne d’Aide Sociale (A.A.A.S.) .

The first six presidents of AAAS :

M. AGHANOUR
1889-1890
M. KALOUSTIAN
1890-1891
S. ANANIANTZ
1891-1893
 A. MELIK-MINASSIANTZ
1893-1894
B. ARPADJIAN
1895-1896
K. EKMEKDJIAN
1896-1898