Turkish couple Murat and Sinem Asilcan set up centre as a place for young people, many of them from Syria, to eat and read
Hidden in the back streets of old Istanbul, the Hobbit House is no ordinary children’s centre. For a start, the children are in charge. Secondly, many are refugees from the war in Syria. Thirdly, the entire three-storey building has been renovated using recycled material.
“Here they protect the children from the bad hearts outside,” says seven-year-old Perevan, president for the month.