When Tom McEnaney first travelled to Belarus in 1998 he was still working as a journalist for the Sunday Tribune. At the time, a small group of Irish volunteers headed out to Belarus to help renovate a number of orphanages.

Ever since, McEnaney has returned year after year to Belarus with the same charity, known as the International Orphanage Development Programme (IODP). Interestingly, IODP has turned to farming as a solution to helping orphanages in Belarus.