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Heather Holland is a freelance writer and artist. Aside from Hunting for Chocolate, she is known to chase adventure off the beaten path (or plate). Heather served the US Army for 8 years in scientific fields (first as a Field Artillery Meteorological Crewmember, & later as a Medic), and endured two deployments to Iraq. She separated honorably in 2013 to pursue writing and work in the fight against modern slavery. Her involvement in various philanthropic projects have taken her to The Amazon, Nepal, Costa Rica, and Ghana. Most recently you may have seen her hiking with a 50 lb backpack in undisclosed locations.
As a little girl, Heather Holland sought out chocolate at the expense of her mother's sleep, calling for it in her dreams. Her hunt only grew, as she explored chocolate as she explored the world. On her dream trip to the Peruvian Amazon (to see the rainforest) in 2009 with Play It Forward Adventures (a multi-sport and humanitarian organization), friend and founder Jodi Nelson invited her to trek Nepal. This time, the project was to support a rehab center for women and girls rescued from human-trafficking. A cause forever in her heart, Heather couldn't look away from the cause once she returned to the U.S. She began to research ways to stay involved, and read an article about similar dark violations of human rights in the cocoa industry, including child labor.
Enraged that the sweets of her childhood dreams were sourced from the living nightmares of others, Heather found herself full of questions unanswered on a wrapper, craving only truth. To this day, her hunt for chocolate expands far beyond flavor.
Hunting for Chocolate is the blog and pursuit of Heather Holland. At this time recovered stories submitted by readers will be compiled for endless enjoyment here: http://huntingforchocolate.com/vault