Charles Aznavour founded “Aznavour pour l’Arménie” in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck northern Armenia on 7 December 1988 killing tens of thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. For 30 years his humanitarian efforts have allowed the implementation of many charity programs in the country.
In 2017, Charles Aznavour and his son, Nicolas Aznavour, decided to pursue their philanthropic activities and advance to the next step by establishing the Aznavour Foundation. The goals of the Aznavour Foundation are to continue the development and implementation of educational, social and cultural programs.
The Aznavour Foundation’s first project is the creation of the Aznavour Center in the heart of Yerevan, Armenia. The Center will house technological and interactive museum of the legendary artist, and a cultural and educational center for youth.
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It is with great joy that I announce today the creation of the “Aznavour Foundation” in Armenia, co-founded with my son Nicolas Aznavour. The Aznavour Foundation will pursue my ongoing charitable activities since the terrible earthquake of 1988. Its mission will be to continue to support vulnerable populations in Armenia and to create a museum in the “Charles Aznavour House” in Yerevan. This museum will host cultural and educational events and become a major attraction in Yerevan. This initiative is a testament to my commitment for the future of Armenia, which I hope will encourage the involvement of the diaspora and attract many visitors from all over the world.
I have made this decision with Serenity after seeing the wonderful educational projects, historic rehabilitations and new infrastructures that have been carried out in recent years throughout Armenia. We must all join forces for the development of our homeland and ensure that our youth is given the opportunity to accomplish their dreams at home surrounded by their loved ones.
I am proud and honoured that my father has bestowed upon me this great responsibility and that I will help implement his projects in Armenia. Regardless of the obstacles our ancestors have faced, our roots have run strong and deep for millennials and it is our responsibility to tend them.
Inhabitants supplied with electricity during winter 1992-95
High voltage breakers
Villages provided with power lines
Mini hydro-electric power stations rehabilitated
Tons of imported fuel oil
Kerosene stoves provided
Artesian wells rehabilitated
km of drinking water and irrigation lines renovated
Farm tractors provided to farmers
New and rehabilitated schools
Cultural centers for youth
Tables and chairs distributed to schools
Children participated in summer/winter camps
Families benefited from the distribution of clothing and food
Industrial bread ovens
International doctors / surgeons sent to “Erébuni” hospital with UMAF
Tons of medicine distributed
Prostheses made and distibiuted