Velykodolynske Territorial Community
The Velykodolynske settlement territorial community is located in the Odesa district, Odesa region.
The total area of the territory: 12,369 km2
Population: 16,932 people.
People of retirement age: 2,732
Internally displaced persons: 1,617
The community includes two population centers: the urban settlement of Velykodolynske and the village of Molodizhne. The administrative center of the community is located in the urban settlement of Velykodolynske.
Initially, it was the Tatar settlement of Akkadzha. After the Russian occupation, in 1791, the Tatars were evicted from here, or maybe they left themselves, and in 1802, the village was settled by German colonists, invited to the conquered lands by the tsarist government. Then the settlement received a new name – Gross Liebenthal – the great valley of love.
The settlement arose as a small hamlet at the beginning of the 19th century (1804). As of 1886, 3,869 people lived in the German colony of Gross-Libenthal, the center of Gross-Libenthal Volost, Odesa County, Kherson Province.
Among the architectural monuments in the settlement, the former Lutheran and now Orthodox church (built in the 1860s) has been preserved.
Economy and Welfare
Resource potential of the community is in its natural and climatic conditions, favorable transport and geographic location, land resources that have significant value for agriculture and forest resources.
About 25 enterprises are located on the territory of the community.
The plant of reinforced concrete structures is a dynamically developing enterprise with a long history, one of the recognized leaders of the construction complex of Ukraine. The plant was founded in 1959. It specializes in the production of commercial concrete, reinforced concrete and concrete products for residential and industrial construction.
The Transservice 2008 Company has been collecting and transshipping agricultural products for more than 10 years, namely: corn, sunflower, wheat, barley, millet, oats, rye, soybeans, sorghum, meal and other crops.
An agricultural company, Eureka has been operating for more than 25 years and specializes in growing and processing vegetables. Its main principle is: “To improve the quality of people’s lives by providing them with tasty, useful, affordable agricultural products.”
There are four schools, three kindergartens, and two culture and leisure clubs in the community. There is also a music school in the community which teaches playing the piano, guitar, violin, bayan, accordion, and bandura, and a children’s and youth sports school where many children practice various sports: Judo, Sambo wrestling, Goju-Ryu karate, Thai boxing, sports aerobics, and football.
Community and War
Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the lives of all Ukrainians have changed. Many residents of Velykodolynske are defending Ukraine, and those who remained in the rear are helping and supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine with all their might. Residents of the community constantly hold charity fairs, the collected funds are allocated for the needs of the Armed Forces. They are also involved in the collection of essential items for the military, and teams of educational institutions weave camouflage nets.
Since the beginning of the war, the community has sheltered more than 1,500 displaced people. All conditions have been created for providing the necessary material, legal, and informational assistance from the community and international charitable organizations. They created Points of Invincibility and heating, which are equipped with generators. Schools and kindergartens were equipped with safe shelters and everything necessary.
People of the Community
Mykola Ivanovych has been the head of the Velykodolynske settlement council since November 2020. The head actively participates in community life. From the first days of the war, he organized volunteer humanitarian headquarters and assistance to servicemen and their families.
Before the war, the community’s territory was actively improved: the area around the multi-apartment buildings was laid with tiles, and wooden windows were replaced with metal-plastic ones to save energy.
In the Teremok kindergarten, the facade of the building was insulated to save energy.
They developed a general plan and a zoning plan for the territory of the community to attract investment in construction.
During the war, a video surveillance and video recording system with a face recognition function was installed in educational institutions. Such measures should increase the general level of security in educational institutions, prevent possible offenses and acts of a criminal nature. In addition, in educational and cultural institutions of the Velykodolynske settlement council, shelters were renovated in order to enable off-line study.
A lot is done every day for the beautification and socio-economic development of the community. Work is always a team effort – settlement council deputies and specialists have come a long way, solving many problematic issues. Modern internet was installed in all schools. The children’s sports school stadium was reconstructed, street lighting was arranged and roads in the community were asphalted. They repaired roofs in schools, corridors and stairs, boiler rooms, and some classrooms in kindergartens.
The leadership of the community reaches its goals and keeps going. There are still many plans for the future: construction and development/implementation of an industrial park in the village of Molodizhne (the development of the concept for the location of the industrial park is ongoing); major repairs in some schools, replacement of windows and doors with energy-saving ones, reconstruction of the heating system; overhaul of the roof of the Culture Building; reconstruction of water treatment facilities and water drainage networks of communal enterprises; construction of artesian wells; construction of a drainage network to protect part of the Velykodolynske settlement from flooding.