Andean Chocolatadas In the small villages and settlements that cling to the steep slopes in the Andean highlands once devastated by the regimes of the Shining Path and Fujimori, communities still meet in warm gatherings that transcend the hardships of everyday life. In the aftermath of the forced sterilization of women by Fujimori, women struggle to rebuild the torn fabric of families. Extreme poverty make access to food and healthcare limited. These areas are remote and many crops don't grow this high in the rocky mountainside soils. Consequently malnutrition and other health issues are common among the population. NGO's such as Living Heart work in these areas hoping to create sustainable farming projects and provide health services to the communities. “Chocolate” was a traditional ceremonial beverage of the Inca. Although aid organizations such as Living Heart now serve hot chocolate prepared in large pots and sweet rolls on Christmas, a legacy of Spanish colonialism, Chocolatadas are a lively and happy occurrence, strengthening social ties and putting smiles on the faces of children. They provide holiday respite and chance for children to play and adults to visit, but an undercurrent of hunger and need lies just beneath the surface.