When you can read and write, you can be, and do, anything.

With that in mind, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) has been promoting literacy and providing books for libraries and schools in sub-Saharan Africa since 1959.

The Read Live Learn travelling photography exhibit chronicles one of CODE’s recent initiatives in Sierra Leone, distributing books to children and making a difference in communities.

The second stop for the exhibit is at the downtown Kelowna library until Oct. 24.

The 16 large-format photos are accompanied by explanation panels that outline the organization’s mandate, the personal and societal importance of literacy, and describe what’s going on in each photo.

Besides providing books in 20 languages for libraries and schools throughout the region, CODE also provides teacher training, publishes children’s books by African authors, and supports children, families and communities so kids can go to class to learn to read and write.

All the photos for the exhibit were taken by Toronto-based photojournalist Peter Bregg.

Bregg is an Order of Canada winner who has worked as a photographer for Maclean’s magazine, the Canadian Press covering Parliament Hill, the Associated Press in London and New York, and was the official photographer for prime minister Brain Mulroney in 1984-85.

He was on the scene to take photos at 9/11, the Iran hostage crisis in 1979-80, eight Olympics, and numerous Stanley Cups and World Series.

For more information and how to donate, check out CODE.ngo.