The Structure of the Association

Association International des Charites (AIC) has a structure which unites the local level with the international level

  • The local associations - Ladies of Charity (LC) units

      • Carry out AIC's fundamental mission within a relatively small geographical area: neighborhood, district, town, parish, deanship, etc...

      • Respond tp various conditions of poverty detected among those around them.

  • The national association - Ladies of Charity - Association International des Charites Philippines (LC-AIC Philippines)

Brings together and coordinates the associations or local groups working in a given country; they also represent them in national state bodies, etc...

  • The international association - Association International des Charites (AIC)

      • Coordinate and organizes the national the national associations, provides training.

      • Maintains communication, promotes solidarity and the exchanging of experiences among all the volunteers across the world.

      • Represents the international association and all the national and local associations in the main international and ecclesiastical bodies.

      • Produces spiritual and social reflections which have laid the foundations of its path over the years: numerous documents have been and continue to be published to spread new ideas.

  • The Vincentian Family

AIC is part of the Vincentian Family, which brings together all the associations founded by Saint Vincent de Paul or inspired by his spirituality.

AIC's International Bodies

  • The International General Assembly

Is made up of the national associations that are members of the AIC. It has the decision-making power that allows it to achieve AIC's objectives.

  • The International Executive Board made up of 12-16 members elected at the Assembly of Delegates and representing the 53 countries:

      • Implements the decisions taken at the assembly

      • Carries out the tasks of organization, coordination, reflection, representation and management

      • Can name a Permanent Committee which takes charge today-to-day work

      • Is assisted by a Father from the Congregation of the Mission, who is the International Spiritual Adviser, and a Daughter of Charity delegated by the Mother General (or by her congregation).

  • The International Secretariat, which has its headquarters in Belgium, a central point for communication between members of the AIC network.

  • AIC Solidarity, a structure for training AIC volunteers in developing countries, and for supporting the projects that they intend to develop locally (formerly the Project Service).

List of Member Associations

AFRICA : Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria

LATIN AMERICA : Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela

ASIA & THE MIDDLE EAST : Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Philippines, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

UNITED STATES : AIC is present in 22 States.

EUROPE : Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, (Madeira), Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine.