Association pour l'aide des Orphelins Arméniens

Paris joined the SOAR family in December 2012. Armenians in France are ethnic Armenians living within the modern republic of France. Like much of the Armenian Diaspora, most Armenians immigrated to France after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. After the end of the First World War, many survivors, including orphans, lived in the French-occupied part of the Ottoman Empire, Cilicia, and the future French Mandate territories of Syria and Lebanon. When French troops retreated in 1921 behind the present-day Turkish-Syrian border, most Cilician Armenians fled and resettled in refugee camps in Alexandria, Aleppo, Ainjar, and Beirut. From there, entire families fled to France. The Armenian refugees and orphans crammed into Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon, arrived by the boatloads to Marseille and journeyed to the mines and factories around Marseille, Valence, Grenoble, Lyon, and Paris. There, a quarter of a million Armenians settled into tight little communities of between 2,000 and 4,000 people. The foundations of the Armenian community in France had been set. Today, Armenian classes are organized in many localities with full bilingual kindergartens and primary schools near Paris and Marseille attended by several thousand children and youths.

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Board of Directors:

Emma Harutyunyan

Emma has worked as an interpreter and quadrilingual translator for the Protestant Social Action Center since 2012. She has held varied positions as a translator, teaching assistant, and as a project manager. With her experience in non profit fundraising for organizations such as SOS Children's Villages and as a Trilingual Executive Secretary for "Doctors Without Borders" on a mission to Armenia, Emma will be a great asset to the SOAR-Paris team. Emma is fluent in English, French, and Russian.

Nara Matinyan

Nara Matinyan is a PMP-certified project manager with a Master of Mass Communication degree from Louisiana State University. She has previously worked for the US governmental aid programs in Armenia, and did a project management work for a design and communication agency in the US. Nara was born and raised in Vanadzor, Armenia. She currently resides in Paris with her husband, and two daughters.

Anouche Simonyan

Anoush Simonyan was born in Armenia, Yerevan. I moved with my family to France at the age of 14. I have a Masters degree in International Marketing at Ecole de Management Léonard de Vinci, France and passing my Master 2 MSc International Marketing at London South Bank University. Very attached to my roots, I would like to contribute in my level to make the difference in Armenia. After finishing my studies and gained some experience I would like to come back in my home country to settle down permanently.

Anouche Simonyan, née en Arménie, Erevan. Je m’installe avec ma famille en France à l’âge de 14 ans. Diplômé en master Marketing International à l’Ecole de Management Léonard de Vinci, France et en train de passer son Master 2 MSc International Marketing à London South Bank University. Très attachée à mes racines, je souhaite contribuer à mon échelle à changer les choses en Arménie. Je souhaite après avoir fini mes études et acquis un peu d’expérience revenir dans mon pays d’origine pour s’y installer définitivement.