Johnson Palite comes from a village 80 km from St. Thomas Hostel. There is no school there. His father, Sagar, mixes sand, chips and cement for construction work, which is very hard on his body. Johnson’s mother, Rani, helps the family by selling vegetables to her neighbors. That way she is able to afford milk for Johnson and his younger brother, Prem Kumar. Johnson is grateful to be receiving an education at Mary Rose Buds School. His favorite pastimes are playing cricket and kabaddi.