A Palestinian family is celebrating the new year by turning their metal meter box into a miracle.
The family of eight, who were camping in a tent on the outskirts of Ramallah on New Year`s Eve, decided to create a makeshift metal meter.
The idea came to them after their three children, aged eight, 12 and 16, told their mother that they were hungry and asked for something to eat.
They had been living in an apartment and were worried about their belongings.
The young mother decided to make a metal meter that would be useful in their daily life.
“My youngest daughter is five years old and has always asked me to make her a metal gauge,” she said.
“I did it because she wanted something to gauge her strength in the morning and a metal bar to keep her hydrated during the night.”
They are also considering turning the meter into a lantern.
“When the lights go out, she wants a lantern to light it,” said the mother, who did not want to be named.
“The whole house was made of tin, and I had to cut the holes in it and make it into a meter box,” she added.
The families mother and father decided to put a little plastic sheet on top of the metal box.
“They didn`t even think about cutting the hole,” said their father, Youssef.
“They said they were building a house, and they are very careful with everything.”
The family plans to turn the metal meter into the lantern.
The Palestinian family has used a metal box before to measure water in a village.
But this time, they decided to experiment with a different type of measurement, one that is more flexible.
“We used a plastic sheet,” said Yousseff.
“We measured water from the inside, but we could make it go outside with the meter.
We wanted to see if it would work for us.”
They decided to go on a journey to make the metal measuring tool into a lamp.
“It is important to know that we are not alone in this journey,” said one of the family members.
“Every one of us is doing something to help the Palestinian people.”