The SOS Children's Villages charity, which operates in 125 countries around the world, announced on April 6 that it has handpicked just over 2000 Wikipedia articles and prepared a free downloadable zip file that fits on a single CD. The articles are on an assortment of topics the organization deems to be of interest to children 8 to 15 years of age, including a number of featured articles. Some articles have been shortened, and all have been edited to remove links to articles outside the scope of the project. The statement does not indicate whether the project is pressing and distributing CDs itself, or is simply making the files available for others to do so.
The CD includes information on the GNU Free Documentation License, and refers the reader to Wikipedia page histories for more information, but does not include actual author information. Andrew Cates, one of the people involved in this project, last produced static snapshots of Wikipedia in 2004.