Serhiivka Settlement Territorial Community
The Serhiivka Settlement Territorial Community is located in the territory of the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi District of the Odesa Region along the shores of the Black Sea and the Shabolat Estuary.
The total area of the territory is 148.6773 km2.
The population of the community is 8,541 people.
Women: 3,955 residents.
Men: 3,625 residents.
IDPs: 549 people.
The community includes 8 settlements. The administrative centre of the community is located in the village of Serhiivka.
Serhiivka is the administrative centre of the community and the largest balneo-mud resort in the south of Ukraine. The area of the resort is 640 hectares, including 82 hectares of green areas.
The first mention of the settlement dates back to 1889. In the late 19th century, the Odesa Scientific Society of Resort Experts began studying the Shabolat Estuary, which is located in the territory of the present-day Serhiivka Community. That is when the healing factors of the resort were discovered.
In 1970-1990, the tourist boom of the community began. At that time, there were 8 sanatoriums, 10 children’s health camps, 19 recreation centres and a hotel complex. A bridge was built along the estuary. He connected the mainland with the Black Sea.
Not all the villages of the community have wide long sandy beaches with clear sea and loose white sand. There are also fertile chornozems used for agricultural purposes.
In 2016, the St. Sergius of Radonezh Church was opened. The church was built in the Boiky & Hutsuly style and has its own vineyard. It is an exact copy of the architectural monument of national importance in the Chernivtsi Region – the Church of the Holy Prophet Elijah. Materials for construction were made in the same village according to the exact dimensions of the temple.
Economy and Welfare
The economic activities of the Serhiivka Community are developed by agricultural and fishery enterprises. But the tourist infrastructure facilities such as recreation centres, hotels, boarding houses, children’s health camps, health facilities are the mainstay of the local economy.
Six large sanatoriums work in the territory of the community. One of them is the nine-story Horizon sanatorium in the centre of Serhiivka. Its main purpose is the recovery from, prevention and treatment of various pathologies.
The Zolota Nyva offers therapeutic baths and mud applications. Thanks to them, diseases of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, spine-related diseases, etc. are treated. The post-Covid syndrome is also treated there and its personnel have many years of experience in military rehabilitation. The sanatorium is equipped for the present-day realities of the country – It has an anti-radiation shelter and an uninterrupted source of electricity supply.
Community and War
On 01 July 2022, russian troops hit a nine-story residential building and recreation centre with supersonic missiles. 22 citizens died, more than 800 people were injured.
After that, russian troops shelled the community two more times. Hitting the coast of the Shabolat Estuary and the village of Chabanske led to significant destruction.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, kindergartens, schools, and almost 120 residential buildings have been damaged in the Serhiivka Community. Nine of them will never be restored.
Now the Serhiivka Settlement Council has been doing its best to deal with the consequences of missile attacks and restore damaged buildings. The community helps all the victims and internally displaced persons, organizes volunteer groups and helps the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Serhiivka Community life in wartime
People of the Community
Head of the Serhiivka Community: Anatolii Cherednychenko. He sincerely believes in the development of the community, and in order to overcome its post-war crisis, he is planning to launch thermal springs, which will make the community attractive to tourists not only in the warm season.
Anatolii is a professional sportsman, an international master of sports, a winner of world, European and Eurasian championships. Therefore, the development and support of sports in the community is important for its leader. With his support, the Serhiivka Sports Club works in the community where the community residents play tennis, football, practice boxing, martial arts, sailing, and play volleyball.
As a civil engineer by education, Anatolii strives to rebuild the community as soon as possible after the missile attacks. He is looking for partners, raising funds for construction materials. He supervises the overhaul of the nine-story building, which was destroyed by the russians.
The community has a responsible approach to the development of an inclusive area. On their initiative, a beach changing room and a mobile toilet cabin for people with disabilities were purchased and installed.
The Serhiivka Community is known for holding the Serhiivski Zori (Serhiivka Stars) youth festival. Every year, children and their parents from all over Ukraine gathered there to demonstrate their talents. The festival holding has been suspended because of the war.
Thanks to the calm waters of the estuary, sailing is well developed there. Athletes of the community win first prizes at the Ukrainian national and international competitions. There is a kitesurfing school in the community.
The Serhiivka Settlement Council is drafting its development strategy for 2023-2029. The main objectives include:
- Transition from a seasonal to a year-round resort due to the installation of a thermal water well. This will allow providing services throughout the year and will ensure a significant increase in income for the Community.
- Implementation of the STAND WITH UKRAINE project – rehabilitation of servicemen, civilians and children who received combat and mental injuries as a result of military operations. Using the facilities of the sanatorium and the developed medical resources, the project will help provide assistance to everyone who needs rehabilitation.
- Creation of an eco-resort by way of rehabilitation and restoration of the Shabolat estuary ecosystem.
- Reconstruction of five mineral water wells, which have not been used for more than 20 years, but within a year the Serhiivka Settlement Council managed to restore one and ensure permanent filling.
- Implementation of the Flower Community project – restoration and development of green infrastructure facilities in the Community by opening a nursery.
- Construction of a waste sorting plant in the territory of the Serhiivka Territorial Community.