Klesiv Territorial Community
The Klesiv settlement territorial community is located in the Sarny district, Rivne region.
The total area is 337.7 square kilometers.
Population: 10,459 people
People of retirement age: 2,570
Internally displaced persons: 210.
The community includes 7 population centers with an administrative center in the urban-type settlement of Klesiv.
The development of the settlement is connected with the construction of the Kyiv – Sarny – Kovel railway at the beginning of the 20th century and the opening of the Klesiv station in 1902.
Later, a small settlement grew up near the station, which was also called Klesiv. In 1909, it had 15 households and 120 inhabitants. During this period, development of forests and granites took place around the settlement. At the same time, the Polish Railways Administration built a sawmill here. In 1909, a one-class vocational school was opened which was attended by 65 students.
The Assumption Church of the 18th century has been preserved in the community.
Several times the ownership of the village was transferred to other countries. Today, Klesiv is an attractive place for tourists.
Economy and Welfare
The Klesiv community is rich in minerals, in particular the largest deposits of amber in Ukraine, as well as deposits of granite, quartz diorites, kaolin and sand. Powerful mining enterprises and forestry operate on the territory.
More than 100 legal entities and over 200 individual entrepreneurs are registered in the community, including retail trade and public catering establishments, a communication establishment and an establishment that ensures the functioning of the housing and communal sphere. Private entrepreneurs working in various industries play an important role in the economic development of the community.
The Technobud quarry is the largest in terms of production and productivity among non-mineral quarries of Ukraine. Since its existence, the plant has gone through 6 periods of reconstruction, as a result of which it became a powerful enterprise for the production of granite crushed stone. Due to modernization, production grew from 200 thousand tons to 5 million tons of crushed stone products per year.
The Klesiv Arboretum was created on the territory of Klesiv Forestry, and on the opposite outskirts of the settlement there is a flooded quarry, Koplyshche, with an equipped recreation area.
The Klesiv Arboretum is an extremely beautiful place that enchants every visitor. It is famous for its unique Green Sculptures. The park also has man-made lakes and even an island of love.
Amber safari is a unique journey, because there you can feel like a real amber seeker, find your own treasure and learn a lot of interesting information about sun stones.
Community and War
Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine dealt a heavy blow to the Ukrainian economy and business. Needless to say, the Klesiv community was not immune to it either.
The largest number of the community’s small and medium-sized enterprises is focused on retail trade. The development of small and medium-sized enterprises has significantly decreased following the restrictions on business activities due to the martial law, as well as inflation, the increase in the prices of fuel and lubricants, the rise in the prices of energy carriers, imported materials and raw materials.
From the first days of the full-scale invasion, more than 300 men and women of the community went to defend the country. Residents who remained in the community systematically support the army with food, medicine, collect funds for drones and cars and weave camouflage nets.
A charity concert in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in the central park of the settlement of Klesiv on the Constitution Day of Ukraine.
The community youth council also recently held a charity fair. Thanks to the joint efforts of the organizers and participants, it was possible to collect funds that will go towards the purchase of a car for a fellow soldier.
Charity autumn fair in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in the educational institution of the community. Children, parents and teachers took an active part in the preparation and implementation of this event. Each class prepared something: homemade pastries, sweets, desserts, fruits, drinks. The purpose of the fair is to provide warmth to the military, so the proceeds are used for paraffin for the manufacture of trenches.
Reception of forcibly displaced persons became another challenge. The community was not ready for this, since there was neither free housing nor free dormitories, but they received everyone who came, almost 600 people in total.
The community received three high-power generators as part of technical assistance from the USAID Ukraine – Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA) project.
Now it can be felt how the war has brought everyone together in the community. Be it an official, a businessman or an ordinary person – everyone tries to support each other both morally and financially.
People of the Community
Viktor Buynyi has been the head of the Klesiv settlement territorial community since 2020.
From the first days of the war, the staff of the settlement council headed by Viktor Buynyi received and resettled forcibly displaced persons and provided them with the necessities with the help of charitable funds.
Educational institutions of the Klesiv community have joined their efforts to help the affected regions, military personnel and displaced persons. Every day, schools and kindergartens are full of work. No one stands aside, they prepare meat stews and salads, bake pancakes and flatbreads, make varenyks and pelmens, sew the necessary things for the needs of territorial defense and for the military.
Little patriots – kindergarten and school pupils – send warmest regards and support to the Ukrainian military in their drawings and compositions and help weave nets.
During the tenure of Viktor Buinyi, a sports ground was opened in the community as part of the social project: Active parks – locations of a healthy Ukraine.
A school bus was provided for comfortable and organized transport of children and teaching staff.
The Klesiv community received a brand new backhoe loader from the USAID Hoverla project.
Employees of the utility company are happy to replenish their fleet. They say that they used to rent such equipment. Nowadays, their own machine will be quite useful during the elimination of uprushes, cleaning of reclamation channels, detection of illegal cut-ins in the water supply system, cleaning and sprinkling of roads in the winter period.
Thanks to the joint efforts of settlement head Viktor Buinyi and volunteers Nadiya Kudytina and Yana Kostyuk and the strong support of the community’s caring residents, they bought the necessary car for the military. The car was repaired and painted, gas was connected, the necessary documents were received, and after showing the finished car to the schoolchildren, so that they could see that the funds from the fair would help the soldiers, they sent it to the front line. Food, medicine, clothing, hygiene products, tools, and fuel were delivered to the front together with the car.
The strategy of sustainable development of the Klesiv territorial community for 2021-2027 was created and approved in September 2021.
The strategic tasks are: economic development – stimulation of setting up of small and medium-sized businesses, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, development of tourism; improvement of the quality of life – a comfortable environment, employment of the population, improvement of the environment; development of human potential – education, culture, physical culture and sports, social mobilization and activation of the community.
The most important task of the community today is to carry out the reconstruction of the iron removal station. The biggest problem in the community is drinking water, solving which is planned in the development strategy.
Work has also begun on the preparation of the Development Strategy of the Klesiv Territorial Community for 2023-2027, which will be carried out in cooperation and with the support of specialists of the international USAID HOVERLA project.