Mateivtsi Territorial Community
The Mateivtsi territorial community is located on the territory of Kolomyia district, Ivano-Frankivsk region.
Currently, residents of 17 villages have united to form the Mateivtsi community.
The population of the territorial community is 8,486 people:
children: 1,597 children live in the community.
Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, 995 internally displaced persons have left for the Mateivtsi community.
The area of the community is 10,362 hectares.
The first written mention of Mateivtsi dates back to 1405, when, in October, King Władysław Jagiełło granted the Lviv burgher Nikolaus Freisteter viytivstvo (governor’s position) in Kolomyia together with the village.
In 1772, as a result of the first partition of Poland, suburban villages, including Mateivtsi, were taken away from Kolomyia. The village was presented to the heirs of Count Antony Bielski. And in 1862, according to the decree of the Austrian authorities, local self-government was introduced in the village.
Despite the peaceful history of the community, there are many architectural monuments that are of sacred importance to local residents and tourists.
Among the oldest monuments is the Church of St. Nicholas in the village of Debeslavtsi of the Mateivtsi community. This church was built in 1862.
The Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God, which was built in the 18th century, is also of historical value.
In this architectural and spiritual diversity, the Church of the Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas ranks high in terms of antiquity. The oldest mention of the church from the village of Zamulyntsi dates back to 1680. The current church was built of wood in 1839. It was badly damaged during the Second World War and then restored by the parishioners. Since 2010, it has been an architectural monument of local importance. Currently it is used by the Greek Catholic community.
A document of 1579 mentions the existence of a church in the village of Mateivtsi. The wooden church was built in 1823. This year, the Orthodox community will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the church, which belongs to the architectural monuments of local importance.
In addition to churches and picturesque nature, there are three tourist routes with a total length of 41.5 km which have been laid in the villages of Pylypy, Trostyanka, and Kropyvishche for the community’s tourist attraction.
In Kropyvyshche, the villagers annually set up an ice town in the “Dzhurkut” tract on the Epiphany holidays. It is here that water is blessed. The healing properties of the Dzhurkut spring are known far beyond the community. Locals say, the water here is special and is of a rich mineral composition.
Economy and Welfare
The oil and gas complex plays a very important role in the Mateivtsi territorial community as income from rent payments constitutes a significant part of total revenues of the local budget. In addition, NADRAGAZ LLC transfers funds for the development of the social sphere every year.
Also the community has the agricultural enterprises operating on its territory: Prometey Farming Enterprise and KVS Farming Enterprise. They are engaged in the cultivation of grain, oil and vegetable crops, as well as animal husbandry.
The history of a modern Mateivtsi territorial community began in 2016. During this time, an effective approach to economic development and the rational use of the budget made it possible to carry out more community improvement projects than in all the years of the village’s history. Attention is also paid to increasing the involvement of community residents in the implementation of initiatives and solutions to current community problems. Thanks to this, the Mateivtsi community has managed to implement a number of projects.
In 2018, thanks to the cooperation of the Mateivtsi Village Council with the NGO “Association of Socio-Economic Development of the Village of Zamulyntsi” and the public organization “Centre for Political Studies”, the DOBRE programme with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) we managed to implement the project “A sports and leisure centre – space for development and communication” in the House of Culture of the village of Zamulyntsi.
In May 2019, the Mateivtsi Village Council of the territorial community together with the NGO “Association of Socio-Economic Development of the Village of Zamulyntsi” and the NGO “Association of Local Self-Governing Bodies” won the project entitled “Recovery of the Sacred Heritage of the Church of the Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas”.
In 2020, the project “Development of health tourism in the Mateivtsi community through the use of the recreational potential of Zapruttia” was implemented. Within the framework of the initiative, a network of tourist green paths with a length of 40 kilometres was created.
Community and War
With the beginning of the war, it became the duty of the community to help protect the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. All residents rallied and helped both defenders and people arriving from the areas of hostilities.
From the first days of the full-scale invasion, people of the community’s villages started weaving nets and making trench candles. Clothes, bedding, and food were brought to the humanitarian headquarters.
People of the Community
Liubomyr Veselovskyi is the head of the Mateivtsi village council of the territorial community.
Having 25 years of experience in the internal affairs bodies and respect among the residents of the village, he was appointed to the post of deputy village head of the Mateivtsi community in 2018. And on October 25, 2020, Liubomyr Veselovskyi was elected at local elections as Village Head by a majority of voters and has held this position to this date.
Liubomyr Veselovskyi invests his efforts in the further development of the community. He is especially concerned with the issue of assistance to military personnel and their families, as well as internally displaced persons. He also cares about the growing young generation and the improvement, education, cultural and sports life of the community.
With the assistance of the village head and deputy of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council Orysia Knyshuk, the Centre for Primary Health Care of the Mateivtsi community purchased an ultrasound machine, an automatic haematology analyser, and an ambulance.
Thanks to the effective leadership and initiative of the community residents, many educational, entertainment, patriotic and sports events are held here every year.
For 5 months, the charity marathon “Nation of the Invincible” has been held in the Mateivtsi community in support of defenders. With the proceeds of the charity marathon, which is UAH 320,710, EUR 845 and USD 355, and the one-day earnings of the staff of the Mateivtsi village council, employees of cultural, educational and medical institutions, it was possible to purchase two trucks – Ural and ZIL-131.
In addition, thanks to the one-day earnings of the employees of the village council, employees of cultural and educational institutions, it was possible to purchase two drones, which were also handed over to military personnel.
On the eve of the New Year and Christmas holidays, village head Liubomyr Veselovskyi and his team delivered charitable aid for servicemen undergoing inpatient treatment to the regional war veterans’ hospital of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council.
In order for the defenders to feel the mystery of Christmas, the staff of the Mateivtsi village council prepared holiday-evening meals. And drawings from children with wishes for peace and a speedy victory were an obligatory attribute.
On the Christmas eve, a trip to the hut – the estate of St. Nicholas – in the village Pisten, Kosiv district was organized for the children of military personnel that study in community educational institutions and children of internally displaced persons.
In addition, cultural institutions of the community organized various mass events involving children who moved with their parents from other regions.
Despite the difficult economic conditions and the war, the Mateivtsi community is consolidated as much as possible and continues to help soldiers, internally displaced persons and each other.
According to the Strategy for the Development of the Mateivtsi United Territorial Community for 2018-2026, four strategic priorities are defined:
- The Mateivtsi united community is a territory of developed entrepreneurship
1.1 Development of entrepreneurial potential;
1.2 Increasing the investment attractiveness of the community.
- The Mateivtsi united community is a territory of high ecological standards
2.1 Increasing the efficiency of the use of alternative energy sources in the territory of the community;
2.2 Improving the ecological image of the community and the level of protection of residents from the negative consequences of natural phenomena;
2.3 Increasing environmental awareness of community residents;
2.4 Improving the quality of water supply and drainage services.
- The Mateivtsi united community is a comfortable place to live
3.1 The Mateivtsi community is a comfortable place to live;
3.2 Increasing the level of quality of service provision by communal educational institutions;
3.3 Improving the quality of medical services.
- The Mateivtsi united community is a space for integration and leisure
4.1 Increasing public activity of residents;
4.2 Improvement of places of public use to increase the level of integration of residents;
4.3 Increasing the effectiveness of self-government bodies in the community.
In addition, the Mateivtsi community has all the conditions and the need for the construction of a rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities in the village of Debeslavtsi.