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The Essam and Dalal Obaid Foundation (EDOF), which has a strategic partnership with CNN to support the CNN Freedom Project, recently saw the fruits of its partnership realized in the huge success of #MyFreedomDay.


About the EDOF

As our world grows more complex, the solutions needed to solve our problems also grow more complex. Fortunately, around the globe there are amazing organizations filled with passionate, intelligent people working round the clock to discover, formulate, and implement these solutions. These organizations need our support.

To this end, the Essam and Dalal Obaid Foundation (EDOF) was founded in 2014. EDOF is a global non-profit organisation with a two-fold mission: medical work and social work. In terms of medical work, the organization supports medical research and care. In terms of social work, it supports the efforts of state and non-state entities in fostering peace and dialogue among people. EDOF wants to make a difference in improving the lives of people everywhere, and joins the daily effort of its fellow advocates to raise awareness, educate and build bridges.

With a five-branched tree as its inspiring symbol, EDOF is the culmination of the living ideals of the five members of the Obaid family.

Essam and Dalal raised their sons in Saudi Arabia and Switzerland and ingrained in them the ethic of giving that is a core element of both those cultures. With the passing of Essam due to lung cancer, the sons have taken it upon themselves to found EDOF so that it may realize his principles of peace and honor his life through healing for many years to come.

I am so pleased to be able to honor the humanitarian wishes of my late husband through the support of organizations doing the most good for present and future generations.
Dalal Obaid, Chairwoman
Peace is possible in our world because the vast majority of people dream of it. EDOF’s goal is to provide them with the research and opportunities they need to make it real.
Nawaf Obaid, CEO
We feel we can do the most good by providing funding to leading organizations that already have the infrastructure and contacts necessary to provide effective, lasting solutions.
Karim Obaid, Executive Vice President

Our mission

To achieve its mission, EDOF is designed to be a limber organization and fund targeted clinic-based research, advocate for more effective inter-institutional communication...

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What we do

EDOF is helping pursue peace and remedy injustices. Its fundig research is at the heart of social progress & medical progress. EDOF will partner with NGOs and media organizations...

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