A pilot scheme to co-ordinate the city's district-based cyber centres was launched yesterday to help underprivileged communities get access to the internet. Fourteen centres under the scheme would provide about 250 computers as well as training programmes to youngsters, the elderly and women from low-income families. Another 250 laptop computers would also be available for loan from April, after a mobile laptop library has been set up. The centres are in 11 of the city's 18 districts, including Yuen Long, Sham Shui Po and North District. More centres are expected to join the scheme later. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, who officiated at the launch ceremony for the pilot project, said the government initiative aimed to eliminate the digital gap in the city. He cited statistics last year showing that only 37 per cent of families with a monthly household income of less than HK$10,000 had personal computers at home. The government has given HK$4.7 million to fund the scheme, while a similar amount - in cash and in kind such as hardware, software and volunteer services - was secured from more than 40 companies and professional bodies. Cyberport, the Council of Social Service and the Internet Professional Association would continue to source funds to keep the centres going, and provide technical assistance.