8 Kickstarter Campaigns Worth Backing

When it comes to doing good in the world, it's hard to know what's the best use of your time, money and energy. Kickstarter launched as a way to help small projects -- everything from documentaries to novels to charity foundations -- get the funding they needed from beneficiaries who are passionate about the same things.

If you have a few dollars to spare, these eight Kickstarter campaigns could use your help to benefit the Latino community: 

1. The Untitled Lizzie Velasquez Documentary

Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare disease that prevents her from gaining weight. At 25-year-old and 58 pounds, Velasquez has overcome her tough circumstances and become a college graduate, an author, and a motivational speaker. Filmmakers in Austin are raising money to produce a documentary about this exceptional Latina, and are hoping to get 10,000 people to donate $5 each to the project. Support the cause today

2. iDiversicons

Ever wondered why there’s no multiethnic or racial emoticons on iPhones and Androids? A group of developers is attempting to create emoticons that look more like the people standing next to you. The icons will portray African-American, Asian, Latino, Indian & Caucasian people. The group is trying to raise $2,000 and there’s only a few days left – help now!

3. Different Is Awesome!

Different Is Awesome! Shows children that being different isn’t something to fear – but rather what makes us all unique, interesting, valuable, and AWESOME! The book is being written by Ryan Haack, who was born with one hand. “My family and friends treated me just like anybody else as I was growing up,” he said. “It never even crossed my mind that there were other people out there ‘like me’ that didn’t have the same positive experience that I did.” Get a sneak peek at the incredible book, and help get it published! 

4. Relieve Pain In Mexico

The Human Rights Watch needs your help to end pain in rural Mexico. Thousands of Mexicans live in constant agony, because restrictive drug laws make it impossible for those who live in rural areas to get access to pain killers – such as morphine. The plan is to produce a 5-8 minute video to be distributed through partners such as YouTube and Upworthy. The organization has, in the past, made similar videos for situations in India and had remarkable success ending the suffering of thousands of people. Donate today.

5. How Do You Dream? A Bilingual Storybook

How Do You Dream? is a bilingual storybook for kids ages 5-8 that shows them how amazingly cool it is to speak multiple languages – like Spanish! The author grew up in Caracas, Venezuela before moving to the United States, where she learned English. Now, she wants all kids to experience how awesome it is to speak multiple languages. Help Isabel Sosa get her book published and distributed today!

6. Una Experiencia De Rehabilitiacion Basada En La Comunidad

Teresa Glass lived in a remote, economically poor Bolivian community for seven years, where she provided rehabilitation services for hundreds of disabled children. Now, she’s trying to raise money to cover printing and distribution costs for a book – Una Experiencia de Rehabilitacion Basada en la Comunidad. The book plans to outline her work for other people in similar situations, and it has the potential to better the lives of thousands of persons with disabilities. 

7. Bittersweet Mangoes

Author Jairo Javier Medina is raising funds to publish his book Bittersweet Mangoes, an autobiography of a Latin American boy immigrating to the United States. The book plans to focus on the immigration experience from the perspective of a man from an oft-overlooked Latin American country: Nicaragua. Medina also plans on using proceeds from sales to fund a scholarship foundation for immigrants.

8. Vanajeros

Four artists banded together to connect, share and learn while on the open roads of Latin America. Armed with their cameras and a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia, the foursome traveled through Mexico, Central and South America, capturing images of people and places that usually eluded tourists and travelers. Now, the photographers are seeking funds to release video episodes of their journeys and a hard cover book that tells their story from beginning to end through photos and writing.