At 46, WWII veteran and pastor, Malcolm Eudaley, started traveling the world, searching for a new adventure. While visiting St. Peter’s Square in Rome, he realized a big transformation was coming. He wasn’t sure what it was but knew it would change him and the way he viewed the world.
Soon after, he created Global Education Plus. As a non-profit, GEP partners with organizations in Guatemala with one goal in mind: to end poverty through education. In a recent interview, Malcolm discusses the creation of GEP, what inspired its vision, and how it has helped children and teachers in Guatemala succeed.
Why did you start Global Education Plus?
November 1969, I was standing in St. Peter’s Square when the Pope came out to bless thousands of people. After it was over, I said to my wife, “There’s going to be a big change in our lives, and I don’t know what it’s going to be.” For 22 years, I was a pastor in three different churches and knew I wanted to make a career change, but didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do.
After the trip to Rome, I was traveling the world and looking for opportunities to connect with people. Then I connected with the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI). They focus on strengthening underdeveloped schools and helping educators and students, and I just knew it was a good fit for me.
I began networking with them and traveling overseas investing in education, textbooks, conferences, copiers, and teacher training, and over a 20-year period we made 50 trips and raised over $600,000.
ASCI asked us to go to Guatemala, so I would take small groups, and we’d visit 2 schools a day looking for ways we could help. We were shocked to see the school lacked classroom equipment and teaching materials, but they made do with what they had, and successfully. During this time, I met some of the most extraordinary people who are doing the right thing and against all odds. People like Sandra.
Sandra is highly educated and could have done something more lucrative with her career, but she chose to help the community and serve others instead. She began a school, Liceo Cristiano Ciudad Santa, in her garage in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Guatemala City. Over the years, the school has steadily grown and now has 150 students.
With GEP’s help and the donations of our supporters, we were able to give the school 10 new computers.
What’s your hope for the future of GEP?
I would like to see GEP have the ability to help more with specific needs. I think expanding the scholarship program, training more teachers online, and strengthening the local school’s budget is important in helping Guatemala succeed. When we help others with their needs, they in return are able to meet their life goals, serve more students, and have a safe environment filled with education.
Learn more about GEP and its impact on Guatemala.