Vijay Palaparthi is the middle child in his family of five. He has an older sister, Sri Lakshmi, and a younger sibling named Raja. His mother, Bharathi, is very ill with heart disease and unable to work or care for her children properly. Vijay’s father is a farm laborer who works for his landlord. Their house and food are provided but they must come up with all other expenses, such as medical, clothing, education, etc. Vijay appreciates his education at Mary Rose Buds and the care he receives at St. Thomas Hostel.