COF was founded when Thorsten Knekties and Jerome Fernando came together with the purpose to clean the Sri Lankan beaches. What started as a vacation, looking forward to enjoy the scenic beauty of the tropical beaches, ended up in a hunt for a dirt, plastic, and pollutant-free spot along the coastline of the island nation. Encroachment and illegal squatting by the poor and marginalized communities, who use the beaches as their home, further compounded the pollution problem. Rather than point fingers at authorities or civil society organizations for the lack of cleanliness, Thorsten came up with the idea to start a mission to clean the beaches. However, an individual effort would take many years to clean up the beaches which are dumped with plastic and other waste every minute. Thus, started the Clean Ocean Force, with a mission to clean up the beaches to make them enjoyable once again.
Donate now for the cause
By donating to Clean Ocean Force, you not only help us in our endeavor to eliminate plastic and man-made pollutants from the beaches of Sri Lanka but also bring livelihood opportunities to the poorest of the poor of the country who are the task force behind the cleanliness drive.