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Dr. Kimberly Harms currently serves as the President of The Delegation for Friendship Among Women, a not for profit service organization dedicated to the advancement of women in emerging countries. In its 50 year history, the Delegation has visited over 50 countries and met with such leaders as Mother Theresa, Indira Gandhi and Queen Noor of Jordan.
Dr Harms involvement started in 2014 when the Delegation visited Rwanda and needed books. Through the Eric Harms Libraries and Books for Africa, they were able to work through The Rwandan First Lady , Mrs. Kigame to secure 20,000 books to be included in the Rwanda National Library. Since then, through the delegation, Dr. Harms has worked with the dental school in Mongolia and women groups in Georgia and Armenia.
On January 31, 2009, Dr. Harms lost her son, Eric, a student at Columbia University, to suicide. Eric was an amazing young man with a big heart. He loved books and latin and even started a group for engineering students who also loved Latin at Colombia. In college, Eric was elected to the Student Council, participated in theater and played jazz piano for the jazz program. He loved Columbia and New York City. The university planted a memorial shadbush in his name that stands right in front of the engineering building.
Because of Eric's love of books and also because the story of Rwanda and its recovery from the 1994 Genocide played an important role in healing his family after his death, Dr. Harms and her friend Pam Pappas Stanoch through Books for Africa decided to establish a library in Eric's memory there. Dr. Harms found the country and its people so remarkable that one library turned into a lifelong commitment to bring books to every part of the country. She also established a long term commitment to dental education in Rwanda and was able to establish a computer lab for dental students.