The already impressive CafeChavlos is starting to take shape.
The Chavalos themselves have been in there, over this Easter weekend, doing a spot of painting.
For the uninitiated, the restaurant, when it opens around June, will be staffed by a small group of young Nicaraguans who have found their way to the initiative via the Building New Hope program and it's founder Donna Tabor.
Their backgrounds are not pretty. Gangs, fights, drug addiction and jail are among the low points in these kids' lives.
CafeChavalos has changed their horizons. In learning to cook, to deal with customers and to run such a business, they are developing teamwork, responsibility and entrepreneurship skills.
Most of all this strong unit has continued to support each other and their desire to stay with the Chavalos gang has meant no returning to old ways.
Considering their backgrounds it's incredible that, as a result of their association with BNH, CafeChavalos and Donna Tabor, a couple of them now look set for university. The restaurant is much more than just the best (so I am told) ceviche in town.
The current Chavalos will, in time, move on to new challenges as more and more options open up to them. We are now starting to think about the next generation, and the next and the next. There are so many more people this place can help.
The truth is, the new site is far from paid for. That's where I come in. If you've been following my adventures pre-Nicaragua you'll know I've been here before and it all ended happily. But fundraising is no magical process, it'll take time and need supporters and donors that believe strongly in this incredible cause.
Once this site is paid off then CafeChavalos should be sustainable - funded instead by the locals, tourists and expats who flood through its doors.
If you can help then let me know. We're going to need a lot of friends on this one.
More specifics on money later.
You'll be able to follow her progress as her work takes shape on the CafeChavalos blog.
Finally,. following all this talk below of volunteering and how to fund it, Katie has also asked me to pass on that she is available for hire if there are any private individuals who'd love one of her masterpieces in their home .
There won't be time during this current Nicaragua trip but as a lover of Central America she'll be through this way again before too long. Contact me if you're interested and I'll pass the message on.