I would like to take this opportunity to pay a sincere tribute to my predecessors as well as to the founders of Association Arménienne d’Aide Sociale. I heartily thank our members, our staff and all of those who have helped and continue to support AAAS.
We have endeavoured to show on the AAAS website the dynamism and the evolution of our Orgnization over the last 122 years of its existence. To respond to today’s expectations of the Armenian community worldwide, AAAS has adapted its actions to cope with new challenges.
We hope that this website will enable you to better understand the history, the structure, the mission and the achievements of AAAS in France and in Armenia.
We know that the information contained on this website cannot answer all your questions. We therefore encourage you to contact us, to send us your remarks and comments as they are extremely useful to us.
We wish you a pleasant visit on our website.
Non profit making organization (NGO under the French law of 1901), recognized as a beneficial to the public at large (“reconnaisance d’utilité publique”) by the French Republic in 1956, AAAS is independent from any religion or political party.
Based on the values of solidarity and mutual aid, AAAS has always been an important actor of the major events that have marked the history of the Armenian Community in France.
Since its inception, AAAS has constantly developed its activities around three main areas: retirement homes, welfare towards the Armenian community and sustainable development in Armenia.
Afin de répondre efficacement aux attentes de nos bénéficiaires, nous avons été amenés à développer notre propre plan d’action tant en France qu’en Arménie par la mise en œuvre de projets conformes aux normes internationales en vigueur.
Cela permet, en effet, de disposer d’éléments d’évaluation pour déterminer l’impact réel de nos actions.
Ainsi, pour chaque domaine où nous intervenons, nous disposons des indicateurs de qualité et de quantité pour mesurer l’avancement de nos projets.
Ceci nous permet de respecter toutes nos obligations et tous nos engagements vis-à-vis des bailleurs de fonds et de nos bienfaiteurs.
Nos projets se réalisent effectivement, ils continuent dans le temps et ils apportent des solutions durables.
Following the Second World War, the International Office for Refugees (I.O.R.), forerunner of the High Commission for Refugees (H.C.R.), requested the A.A.A.S. to take on the management of retirement homes aimed at retired refugees of Armenian origin with low income.
The I.O.R. together with the Gulbenkian Foundation awarded the AAAS a material grant, enabling it to acquire its first home in Andilly in the Val d’Oise region. This was the first step towards the setting up of a larger network.
In 1953 the Montmorency Home was established. It was to be completely renovated and modernized in the eighties. In 2004, the reception area and the offices were also fully renovated.
In 1959 the United Nations High Commission for Refugees asked our organization to take over and administrate a retirement home in Saint Raphel (Var). It was later to become the Home Arménien (Armenian Home), which is well-known all over the French Riviera.
In 1982 the AAAS closed the Andilly home which had become too small. We acquired a new property to create the Retirement Home l’Eglantier in Gonesse, where the residents can enjoy improved living conditions in a more comfortable and safer environment.
On 8th June 1956, the French authorities acknowledged the importance of our organization by granting the title of “beneficial to the public at large” by governmental decree.
The original vocation of AAAS was to help Armenian students who came to study in France.
Today AAAS offers its assistance to Armenian students in financial difficulties who wish to pursue university studies either in France or in Armenia.
Based on social and academic criteria, the AAAS scholarship committee awards scholarships to postgraduate students in France and to students of the French University in Armenia.
AAAS supports also four permenant Armenian schools in Paris region
Being a member of the AAAS means
- Belonging to the oldest Armenian non-profit organization in France
- Supporting the AAAS’s actions in France and in Armenia
- Having the right to vote at the General Assembly and to take part in the operations of the organization
- Receiving the AAAS semi-annual newsletter free of charge
Once your membership request has been approved by the Board of Directors and once you have paid your membership fee, you will receive your membership card.
The amount of the annual membership fee is as follows:
- Retired or Student Member – 20 €
- Member- 40 €
- Donating Member-200€
Benefactor member-1000 €
Ask for your membership application form from AAAS head office or download this PDF document.