Founded in 1991, the creation of the Assyrian Aid Society of America (AAS-A) was a direct response to the crippling hardships suffered by Assyrians in their ancestral homeland in Northern Iraq as a result of Saddam Hussein's policies and the Gulf War.
Over the past 16 years, AAS-A has funded building programs, irrigation and electrification projects, education programs at every level, and medical projects which include shipments of medicines and supplies as well as the maintenance of free medical clinics.
Today AAS-A has chapters in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, California's Central Valley, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The national headquarters is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Assyrian Aid Society of America is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization supported by private contributions. In fiscal years 2005 through 2006, approximately 87 cents of every dollar donated to AAS-A went directly to projects in Northern Iraq.