Yampil Territorial Community
The Yampil territorial community is located in the north-east of Ukraine, on the territory of the Shostka district, 180 km from the regional center of the Sumy Region.
The total area is 520.96 km2
The population of the community is 8,303 people
It includes 32 population centers. The administrative center of the community is located in the settlement of Yampil.
The area of the Yampil settlement territorial community was inhabited since ancient times. It was here that the Novhorod-Siversky prince Ihor Sviatoslavovych gathered the army for the campaign against the Polovtsy, described in The Tale of Ihor’s Campaign.
There are 2 versions regarding the origin of the name Yampil (formerly Yanpil). The first version is based on the assumption that the name came from the name of the owner of the town and lands – Yan Serdiutskyi (17th century) – Yanove Pole. The second version is based on the Turkic “yam” – a settlement where visitors could exchange horses, and from the Greek “polis” which means “city”.
The Yampil area has always been famous for its countrymen, whose surnames and achievements are known to the whole world. Among them is Oleksandr Bohomazov (1880-1930), an artist and professor at the Kyiv Art Institute. The artist’s works are kept in museums and private collections in London, New York, Venice, Zurich, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Zagreb.
The Church of the Transfiguration, which is an architectural monument of national importance, is located here. The architecture of the cathedral is maintained in a classical style with neo-Romanesque and neo-Baroque details.
Economy and Welfare
The largest industrial enterprise is Yampil’s subsidiary agroforestry enterprise – Yampil Agroforestry. It mainly engages in logging, processing of wood, production of lumber and products from cylindrical timber.
Land is the key resource of the community. Lands suitable for agriculture are leased out to agricultural companies, agro-firms and farming enterprises which makes them the main source of local income.
The agro-industrial complex of the Yampil Settlement Council includes 12 enterprises of various forms of ownership, 15 farming enterprises and 4,983 personal peasant farms.
The community actively develops educational, cultural, sports and tourist infrastructure, and also works to create a favorable environment for small and medium-sized businesses and the development of human capital.
Despite the marital law, new business entities are starting to operate in the community, household infrastructure is being expanded, the range of services is increasing, and new jobs are being created.
The community is rich in forests and numerous water bodies, where entrepreneurs breed carp, sturgeon, and trout fish.
The communal institution, Yampil Station of Young Naturalists is the gem of the Yampil community, on the basis of which the botanical garden of local importance Yampilsky with a total area of 13.5 hectares was created. It has an apiary and a greenhouse farm.
This is a unique territory that has a special environmental, scientific, cultural, informative, ecological, and educational value, where more than 1000 varieties of medicinal, decorative, exotic plants are constantly grown. On the premises of the institution, there is a bee api-house intended for practicing apitherapy. The unique technology of the building allows creating the feeling of being inside a beehive and acts as an inhaler.
Community and War
With the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, the people of Yampil rallied. The staff of the Yampil Culture and Leisure Center has started an art campaign, during which funds are collected for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defense forces. All residents of the community join in supporting our defenders.
Volunteer centers have been set up on the premises of communal institutions, where activists weave camouflage nets, knit and sew things for fighters, make trench candles etc.
The war made significant adjustments in all spheres of life. Currently, the main efforts of the community are aimed at supporting the displaced persons and ensuring the safety and stable life of the community.
A humanitarian headquarters has been established in the community to provide assistance to displaced persons and persons who find themselves in difficult life circumstances.
People of the Community
Olha Hubar is the Head of the Yampil community.
Under her leadership, the management team consists of dedicated and persistent specialists who work to create better conditions for the development of the community. Together with active residents of the community, their joint work is aimed at improving the quality of life of local residents. And the task is to create transparent and accessible opportunities for all by contributing to the social, economic and cultural growth of the Yampil community.
Residents of the Yampil community are devoted supporters of sports and culture who actively participate in various events. Not only do they contribute to sporting achievements, but also make efforts to support cultural heritage through participation in festivals, exhibitions and other events. Their eagerness to participate in these initiatives makes the community more cohesive, diverse and full of energy.
The community takes an active part in development projects. One of them is the project entitled Human Dimension – Inclusive Data for Stability and Development, which is financed with the support of the Government of Canada, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and implemented by the International Organization for Migration. Another project was for the support in the modernization of Social Services Center, provision of expert assistance, training from PROSTO entitled: Facilitating the Availability of Services in Ukraine.
Representatives of the youth center DIM actively cooperate with the deputy corps of the village council on community landscaping and improvement. They participate in the program involving young people in the restoration of Ukraine – VidNOVA:UA.
The Generosity of the Native Land Fair is held annually on the premises of the district station of young naturalists in Yampil. A calling card of the community, the event has been held since the 2000s.
The people’s amateur folk group Paliivchanka is the real jewel and priceless treasure of the cultural heritage of the Yampil area. They are the custodians of unique authentic and ritual songs of the north of Sumy Region.
The key strategic guidelines for community development are the following:
- development of a competitive economic environment of the community;
- provision of sustainable infrastructure, high-quality and safe living conditions in the community;
- development of human potential and social capital of the community;
- socially responsible interaction of the public and local authorities regarding sustainable development.
The development and approval of the Sustainable Development Strategy of the Yampil settlement territorial community for the period until 2027 expands development opportunities in terms of cooperation with local businesses, international investors and partners for the benefit of residents who are interested in the formation of a competitive business environment, efficient agricultural production, preservation of historical heritage and local cultural traditions.
List of Sources
- Official website of the Yampil Settlement Council
- Facebook page of the Yampil Settlement Council
- Facebook group Yampil Area
- Facebook group Yampil Culture and Leisure Center of the Yampil Settlement Council
- Facebook page of the Yampil Center of Children’s and Youth Creativity of the Yampil Settlement Council