Chepstow's 'King Bazza' needs £5,000 to complete Indian village
4:32pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Gwent news
CHEPSTOW’S King Bazza is pulling out all the stops to raise £5,000 for a piece of land that will complete his village.
Barry Watson has been negotiating with the farmer for four years, who is now willing to sell.
The land would complete the village of Barrypuram, which is home to the Yanadi tribe.
They gave Mr Watson the title of ‘King’ after he rescued them from life on a rubbish tip.
Mr Watson paid £20,000 for the initial land to construct 31 huts with lighting, install water pumps, a chicken farm, a school and church.
He now needs to give the farmer £2,500 in two weeks and the same amount by Christmas.
He has already raised £1,600.
Mr Watson said: “We will raise this money. I’m ecstatic because this will mean people have a village forever.”
Before fundraising started in earnest, the Help the Village charity had £400 in the bank having just built a brick school and church, which provide shelter for the village when the cyclones or tsunamis hit.
They are currently separated by the piece of land up for sale
A successful purchase would enable King Bazza to add stone-built toilets to each plot, something the Yanadi have never had before, and stone houses.
The Indian government has pledged £1,000 towards each one if Help the Village –which has supplied sewing machines so women can set up their own businesses making and repairing clothes – pays £500.
Mr Watson’s story has reached national media and he has even been given a costume fit for a king by Asian Suits of London, which he uses for collections.
The online total stands at £567 as the Argus went to press. Readers can donate at ustgiving.com/helpthevillage
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