"If I spoke to him as I am speaking now, he doesn't understand," says Patrick's dad on-camera. "But I can do like this," he continues, gesturing to the camera, "and point at him to get the hoe so that he goes to the garden."
Even the journalist profiling Patrick notes how rude it feels to carry on conversations about Patrick, right in front of Patrick, as he sits there unable to participate.
But luckily, a sign language teacher named Raymond Okkelo recently embarked on a mission to change all that. Born deaf himself, Okkelo's goal was to bring Patrick out of the silence and loneliness he's known his whole life, and open him up to a whole new world in the process.
"In the past I was also like him," says Okkelo. "I couldn't use sign language, the only thing I could do was hide in fear."
But as the clip below goes on to show, Okkelo believes anyone has the power to communicate, and the right to feel like they are not alone in this world.
Watch as Patrick, and others from nearby villages, walk miles to attend Okkelo's class, and learn to communicate with each other and their loved ones for the very first time.